Petition about to hit the streets

A PETITION objecting to Council's decision to enter into negotiations with Havengrand for the purchase of land for a future sports park at Mt Marlow is close to being ready.

One of the organisers of the petition, Peter Chengody, said earlier this week that a group of people objecting to the sports park decision was close to finalising a petition which will then be circulated around the community.

Meanwhile, Mr Chengody has been unsuccessful in an attempt to obtain independent reports for assessing tenders of the proposed sports park land for the Whitsunday township.

He made an application with Council on April 8 under Council's Right to Information Act 2009 to gain access to two independent reports assessing the tenders for the proposed sports park.

Mr Chengody received a letter last week informing him that his application had been refused.

The reasons given in the letter state that ‘the information consists of information of a confidential nature that was communicated in confidence; and disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to prejudice the future supply of information of this type.'

Mr Chengody questioned Council about the decision at Tuesday's meeting in Bowen.

“What chance have we got finding out the real truth on this issue,” he said.

“They (Council) are not being transparent with the community.”

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