Beaudesert radio station in state of flux after leadership clash

HAPPIER TIMES:  Robert Parnis with Helen Schiller-Brilliant and Mick Brilliant at the station last year. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
HAPPIER TIMES: Robert Parnis with Helen Schiller-Brilliant and Mick Brilliant at the station last year. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

A MANAGEMENT meeting at the local community radio station 101.5 BeauFM Saturday resulted in two resignations, two terminations and the installation of an interim management team.

Mick and Helen Brilliant, who had been the faces of BeauFM for the past three years both resigned, citing Mr Brilliant's health issues as a reason for leaving.

Meanwhile vice president Robert Parnis, who said he attended the meeting willing to put his hand up to take over as president, had his membership terminated along with that of fellow member Todd Sippel.

Before the meeting was convened with about a dozen members present, someone made a call to the Beaudesert Police saying threats had been made and they were concerned for their wellbeing.  

Two officers stopped in briefly to assess the situation and declare that there was no need for police involvement.

The meeting had not even started when someone called the police.

The meeting had not even started when someone called the police.

No specifics were given as to why Mr Parnis and Mr Sippel were no longer welcome at the station but both were invited back in to attend the meeting.

Mr Parnis made it clear he intended to appeal the decision within a month, during which time a meeting would be called for the election of a new management committee.

The station will remain in caretaker mode with an interim administration team consisting of Dave Cockburn, Brad Shields, Rhonda Emerson Bec Day and Tracie Kirk.