Council appears bitterly divided after chopper vote

EDITORIAL: The Fraser Coast Council appears in disarray after the vote to ban helicopter schools.

It is an emotive issue that has affected those involved deeply.

But is has also revealed a council caught in infighting, alliance building and personal conflict.

Whatever problems there are, they need to be fixed quickly.

The vote on Wednesday looks to have surprised everyone - even the councillors themselves - and has brought with it unforeseen complications in terms of the message given to potential investors.

Councillors appear bitterly divided, with the potential for the nastiness to escalate even further and produce worse results for the region.

It mustn't be allowed to happen.

Airing dirty laundry, holding political grudges, separating based on alliances when important issues are at stake are all actions we do not want from our councillors.

What we demand is a council that will look at advancing the whole community.

There is no easy way out of the decision made this week - the negative publicity will stick.

But it is not insurmountable.

Council must act decisively and quickly to get itself back on track.

Unity is not an easy target but councillors need to lock themselves in a room and not come out until they've hit it, dead centre.

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