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Embarrassed mayor lashes councillors

A FURIOUS Mayor believes the region will suffer economically after a motion proposed by councillor Darren Everard was passed.

Speaking to the Chronicle after Wednesday's decision, Cr O'Connell said while he respected the democratic decision he thought it was a bad one.

"I argued very loudly and robustly" he said.

"This decision affects the future of the Fraser Coast."

Cr O'Connell believed other councillors should have looked at the details of the plan, rather than make a premature decision.

"Not to sit down and extract the best for our community is poor governance," he said.

"I want to see my kids and everyone else's kids have jobs."

Early on Wednesday afternoon Cr O'Connell said he agreed with the feedback from the business community.

"I'm embarrassed and annoyed," he said.

Cr O'Connell said the region's high unemployment had recently been cited, and this was the opportunity to address it.

"This was our chance," a ropeable Mayor said.

As for the issue of noise, Cr O'Connell said this only shut down potential business.

"This motion does not deal with the noise issue - the noise can very well continue," he said.

"This is an aviation strategy that less than 12 months ago every councillor unanimously supported.

"We've closed the door.

"It's anti-aviation, it's anti-business, worse than that - it's anti-economic development therefore anti-jobs."

Cr O'Connell said there would have been an expectation on Becker to abide by the council's policies.

"There's not many businesses who could knock on my door as Mayor that I wouldn't sit down with. "We've taken something out without sitting down, showing good proper business due-diligence," he said.

"If it's about noise, this ain't the answer.

"It's the lost opportunity and it's an anti-aviation business message."

Topics:  fraser coast regional council, helicopters, hervey bay, hervey bay airport, noise, school, training




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