More can­di­dates for Divi­son 2 by-elec­tion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

TWO more can­di­dates have an­nounced they will be con­test­ing the by-elec­tion for Di­vi­sion 2 of the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil – tak­ing the num­ber of can­di­dates to four.

The new can­di­dates are Pre­ston res­i­dent John Atkin­son and for­mer Whit­sun­day Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (WRA) pres­i­dent Andrew Fin­lay who have both de­cided to nom­i­nate in the past week, join­ing for­mer mayor Mario Demar­tini and for­mer deputy mayor Ro­gin Tay­lor in the race.

Mr Atkin­son is a Whit­sun­day res­i­dent of 26 years who moved to the area from Dar­win where he owned a ma­rine busi­ness and held the Enzed fran­chise for the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

In 1986, he pur­chased the Mian­dalay Brah­man Stud and ten years later he was elected to the board of the Aus­tralian Brah­man Breed­ers As­so­cia- tion. Dur­ing his time in the Whit­sun­days, Mr Atkin­son has spent more than 20 years as an ac­tive mem­ber of the Proser­pine Show So­ci­ety and he has cam­paigned with lo­cal fish­er­men Bob Spees and Greg France on the Boat Ramp Com­mit­tee, which lob­bied the State Govern­ment for funds to up­grade the re­gion’s boat ramps.

With his busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence and fi­nan­cial skills, Mr Atkin­son de­scribed him­self as “ca­pa­ble of look­ing af­ter the till” as well as be­ing a per­son who worked well with people.

Mr Fin­lay has also lived in the Whit­sun­days for more than 26 years dur­ing which he has cam­paigned against flu­o­ri­da­tion in the wa­ter as well as be­ing ac­tively in­volved in the re­gion’s ratepay­ers and res­i­dent’s as­so­ci­a­tions.

A self-em­ployed on­line trader, Mr Fin­lay stood for Di­vi­sion 2 at the last elec­tion in 2012, win­ning votes.

He said he was stand­ing again be­cause he felt that Coun­cil could be bet­ter man­ag­ing its debt.

Mr Fin­lay also said he be­lieved he would bring a fresh

82 pri­mary per­spec­tive to the board­room ta­ble and would vote to clamp down on pay rises and perks, re­voke the $140 levy and re-in­tro­duce the 10 per cent dis­count on early pay­ment of rates.

STAND­ING: For­mer WRA pres­i­dent Andrew Fin­lay.

CAN­DI­DATE: Pre­ston dent John Atkin­son.


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