Councillor dumps portfolio as water board exodus continues
HERVEY Bay's Brendon Falk has resigned from the Wide Bay Water board of directors, three weeks after the board's chair and deputy chair were sacked.
Cr Rolf Light also resigned from the Fraser Coast council's water and wastewater portfolio.
It is understood Mr Falk handed in his resignation to Mayor Gerard O'Connell after the council sent WBW's remaining directors new letters of appointment with changed conditions.
"I will not be adding more commentary in relation to what is already on the public record," Mr Falk said in a statement.
"It is important however that the community continues to have confidence in the services and product that WBWC delivers.
"We owe thanks to the staff of WBWC for their extraordinary efforts under... extraordinary circumstances."
Geoff Skerritt, one of three remaining board members, said he was supposed to sign the new letter on Tuesday.
He told the Chronicle he would not sign it because the 12-month appointment he signed in late March was still effective.
Cr Light, resigining hours later, said he fully supported the council's resolution to take back control of WBW but wanted to challenge some of the council's directions.
"I thought long and hard about this," he said.
"It's personal. It's also very much about the community and the staff of WBW."
Cr O'Connell said the new letters of appointment were a summary of responsibilities and did not affect their existing 12-month tenure.
The council voted last November to turn WBW into a commercial business unit of the council.
It is still a local government-owned corporation which operates separately from the council.
- Brendan Falk resigned from Wide Bay Water about 8am
- Councillor Rolf Light resigned from the waste and wastewater portfolio about 11am.
- On July 19, WBW chair Danny Mattsson and deputy chair Curly Tatnell were both sacked by the council