From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

DI­RECT flights from Syd­ney to Proser­pine have started this week and that is great news for the Whit­sun­days.

This is the first time Tiger has ever flown into Proser­pine and it is the first time we have had di­rect flights from Syd­ney in al­most six years.

It is a great boost for our tourism in­dus­try and it’s also great news for lo­cal res­i­dents who have moved here from NSW. The fam­ily and friends mar­ket is very im­por­tant to the lo­cal econ­omy and these flights should give that sec­tor a boost.

The new Tiger flights are ob­vi­ously the quick­est way to get to Syd­ney from Air­lie and they are also cur­rently a much cheaper op­tion than fly­ing with ei­ther of the other two air­lines and chang­ing planes at Bris­bane.

Di­rect flights from Mel­bourne would be an­other added bonus and we can only hope they will come in the fu­ture.

On an­other mat­ter....

We are still reporting on the con­tro­versy and chaos of the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil. It seems to be never-end­ing.

Last week, three coun­cil­lors walked out of a coun­cil meet­ing say­ing they would be tak­ing no fur­ther part in meet­ings un­til they had met with the Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli. This week, they did ex­actly that. They flew to Bris­bane and met with the Min­is­ter but nei­ther the coun­cil­lors or the Min­is­ter will dis­close much about what was dis­cussed.

What is con­firmed is that the Min­is­ter will be com­ing to the Whit­sun­days to meet with the mayor and all coun­cil­lors.

Mr Crisa­fulli said last week that the coun­cil­lors had to put their dif­fer­ences aside and get on with the job.

He’s right be­cause un­less that hap­pens, we are go­ing to have chaos un­til the next elec­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately, it doesn’t seem likely at this stage.

Mean­while, the res­i­dents of Di­vi­sion 2 will be voting at a by-elec­tion on May 3.

This is im­por­tant be­cause whether or not the coun­cil is more united af­ter the by-elec­tion de­pends on who gets elected.

As we know, pol­i­tics is all about num­bers.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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