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