Posted 22/12/15


The Councillor Email Trail to MRRA - Kyneton Development Plan

These emails have been forwarded by MRRA to Mary-Anne Thomas and the Minister for Planning.  MRRA suggests that if you received similar emails from either of these Councillors that you too forward yours on as MRRA has.  Councillors are not supposed to behave this way.



Email:  From MRRA President Brian Whitefield to all Councillors  Wednesday, 16 December 2015 11:05 AM


Please consult with the community before approving this Development Plan, you promised you would consult please honour that promise.  Regards   Brian Whitefield 



Email:  From Cr. Roger Jukes to Brian Whitefield Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:56 AM


Good morning Brian ,   would you please send me the email that your group MRRA has sent out on this matter so that I might respond to it.   Cr Roger Jukes.



 Email:  From Cr. John Letchford to Brian Whitefield  Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:57 AM


Brian (President of MRRA) – there are a lot of submissions to the consultation process so I am not sure that your information on consultation or lack of that you are implying is correct.


So I ask you in the openness of decision making – where did you get your information from?

How many?

Where are your complaints?

Is this wild conjecture or is it factually based?


I ask this not in a flippant way but to seek the truth ..


Regards – John



Email from Brian Whitefield to Cr. Roger Jukes Thursday 17 December, 2.22pm


Hi Roger  Its not that hard mate I only asked councillors to consult the community  Brian W



Email from Brian Whitefield to Cr. John Letchford  Thursday, 17 December 2015 2:11 PM 


Hi John  Not rocket science mate I just asked councillors to consult its not that hard   Cheers Brian W  (President of MRRA )



Email:  From Cr. Roger Jukes to Brian Whitefield  Thursday, December 17, 2015 6:50 PM


And we have Brian.  With Regards   Cr Roger Jukes



Email from Cr. John Letchford to Brian Whitefield  Friday, December 18, 2015 12:44 PM


Hi Brian –


Yes I know however we did !!!   That’s the point in that we did and you have absolutely no evidence as the President of the MRRA to indicate the alternative except to clutch at something intangible.  I am not shocked by these emails however I am disappointed with the MRRA and its continual lack of openness, transparency and its overall ability to be honest. 


And now that we have touched on the honest word let’s have a look at what the State Government has recently released.  The state commissioned and has now released, its findings on Hanging Rock Management – well guess what?   We come out smelling of roses whilst our detractors languish in the litany of lies they weaved pre-election.  Only time will tell as to how MRRA respond but like all things MRRA the question has to be asked ….. is the MRRA capable of admitting “MRRA got it wrong” or “sorry we, MRRA, mislead the community” or “sorry we, MRRA, became too political and should not have”.


Over to you Brian.  I hope that as President that you can change the attitude of some within the MRRA.  By the way – who is and is not in the MRRA?  How many are there on the books as active members?


Regards John