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Show society director resigns blaming culture of bullying

Neville Lindley, whose family has been involved in the show for generations, will walk from his post this week.
Neville Lindley, whose family has been involved in the show for generations, will walk from his post this week. Valerie Horton

A FRASER Coast Show Society director has resigned, blaming a board-level culture of bullying and abuse.

Neville Lindley, whose family has been involved in the show for generations - and who committed his heart and soul for five years as director, will walk from his post this week.

A disappointed Mr Lindley wanted to continue in his role but said what he felt was an abusive culture at board level left him with no other option.

He said his concerns were not with the society's president, who he labelled a model leader, but others involved with the event.

"To sum it up, I've had enough of bad behaviour of some of the other directors. It's just getting way out of hand," Mr Lindley told the Chronicle.

"There's been directors abusing other directors, directors abusing workers and volunteers, a lot of abuse going on.

"There's been poor behaviour at meetings."

Mr Lindley spoke out only because he wanted a respected and appreciated community show.

His comments came after criticism since the May 22-23 event, and doubts being raised of its future.

Fraser Coast Show Society president Keryn Staib was aware of board level "personality clashes" - and said he was doing everything in his power to make the event one the region loved.

"I think, okay, we've had a bit of fallout from the show, we've had some negative criticism and a lot of positive comment of the show, and you learn from that," Mr Staib said.

"We can go forward from there and prepare to do better next year, and yes, there has been some personality clashes, but we'll be dealing with that at our next directors meeting."

Mr Lindley said the show's finances were improving.

He said this year was one of the first it had money in the bank before opening its gates.

He told the Chroncile there were so many wonderful people involved in the event, he thought it a shame a few spoiled it for everyone.

Topics:  bullying, fraser coast show society, maryborough




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