From the editor's desk
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.