From the editor's desk
THE election is over and George Christensen has been elected to represent us for a second term.
He increased his margin in the electorate of Dawson.
Whether or not you support his side of politics, the best news about this is that we have a member who is part of the Government of the day.
For the past three years, Mr Christensen has been our local member but he has been in opposition.
Now that he is part of the Government, he should be able to get things done.
He can no longer blame the government of the day because it is his government.
We have already asked Mr Christensen about funding for the Whitsunday Coast Airport that was promised by the former Labor Government.
Mr Christensen’s boss, Tony Abbott, who is now our Prime Minister, was quoted in TV ads during the campaign saying that he had a contract with the people of Australia.
Along the same lines, Mr Christensen says he has a contract with the Whitsundays.
It includes funding for a Green Army for marine debris clean-up, flood-proofing of the Bruce highway near Whitsunday Coast Airport and plans for a water park for Airlie Beach.
It’s a contract we will keep asking him questions about as time goes on.
The margin in Dawson has increased but we are still a marginal seat so let’s hope we get some attention in the next three years.
On another matter...
Whitsunday ratepayers are reminded to pay their rates in the next few days.
The 10% discount for paying your rates on time has gone but there is still a 5% discount.
That will be gone too if you don’t pay by the close of business on Monday.