Alan Wetton loses Coast REIQ post
THE LOCAL head of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland has been rolled and he’s not happy.
Alan Wetton, who proactively chaired the organisation on the Fraser Coast for four years, said yesterday he believed “Brisbane dumped me because I was too outspoken”.
“I tended to rock the government boat and the REIQ as an organisation has a softly, softly approach to rocking the government boat.”
Mother of two and Fraser Coast local of 25 years Linda Bland from Century 21 is the new chair.
The Chronicle understands Ms Bland and Mr Wetton were the only two to nominate for the position.
“The REIQ changed the rules,” Mr Wetton said. “Usually it’s the local membership that votes but this time the instruction was to nominate and then the Brisbane office would choose the winner.
“They met last week and rang me that same day with the news I was out.
“But Linda will do a good job so my viewpoint on this has nothing to do with her taking on the role.”
Ms Bland said she had “a lot of respect” for Mr Wetton and that she did talk with him before she put in her nomination and he told her he would support her if she won.
“I felt a new, fresh face at the REIQ would be good and also I wanted to heighten awareness on commercial property issues,” Ms Bland said.
Mr Wetton said he was “disappointed” he had been axed after serving the REIQ “loyally for almost 20 years, including four here as local chair and two as the president of the Moreton Bay branch in Brisbane.
“I absolutely believe that as far as the government goes you have to rock their boat and I intend to keep sticking it to them on matters important to the real estate industry and to our clients.”
Mr Wetton said that perhaps it was “a good thing” he had been dumped.
“At least now I can have a bit more freedom to speak out because I no longer have to follow the party line.”
“I’m looking forward to representing the interests of REIQ members on the Fraser Coast over the next two years, which we all hope will herald more stable economic conditions,” Ms Bland said yesterday.
REIQ managing director Dan Molloy said: “The REIQ does not comment on board procedures, including the zone chair appointment process.
“The REIQ Board of directors has formally thanked Mr Wetton for his contribution over two terms as the Fraser Coast zone chair and has wished him well for the future.”