Elec­tion sup­port

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

I THANK Mario Demar­tini for again putting his hand up to as­sist with the run­ning of our Shire in the Di­vi­sion 2 by-elec­tion. Mario and his wife Glo­ria have been life­long con­trib­u­tors to our com­mu­nity. Mario was our Mayor for 14 years and Glo­ria was re­cently be­ing recog­nised by the State Govern­ment for the Queens­land In­spir­ing Woman's Speak­ers Award.

Our re­gion and econ­omy has spent the last 6 years in what can only be de­scribed as a very tough en­vi­ron­ment and we are now see­ing the light at the end of the tun­nel. In­vest­ment is start­ing to oc­cur within our re­gion again which will lead to em­ploy­ment growth and in turn sub­stan­tially more cash in our econ­omy. Those in­vest­ing need to know our elected Coun­cil is sta­ble and open for busi­ness.

I thank Kevin Collins for his work as Di­vi­sion 2 coun­cil­lor. Now is an op­por­tu­nity for the vot­ers in di­vi­sion 2 to play a piv­otal role in the di­rec­tion of our Shire. The term will be for a very im­por­tant two years. Let’s en­sure we elect some­one with sta­bil­ity, ex­pe­ri­ence, con­nec­tions and the abil­ity to unify fel­low Coun­cil­lors to pro­vide con­fi­dence in our lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

I be­lieve Mario has all of these facets. The time be­tween his pre­vi­ous role as mayor and now has seen the Coun­cil forced into con­sid­er­able debt to pay for over­runs in con­tracts and in­fra­struc­ture projects. Mario won’t be able to bring a magic wand and make this all dis­ap­pear but he will bring the ex­pe­ri­ence and strength to man­age our af­fairs.

What­ever the re­sult, I thank Mario and Glo­ria for their enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to our Shire to date and their will­ing­ness to con­tinue to help. Christie Leet WHIT­SUN­DAYS

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