More candidates for Divison 2 by-election
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.