Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is sell­ing 19 blocks of land in order to re­duce the coun­cil’s $73 mil­lion debt. What are your views?

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Mau­reen Parker, Can­non­vale: If it helps keep our rates down, why not? If they have to sell it to get the money, why not? What else would they do with the land? Bet­ter than it be­ing va­cant. Steve Brooks, Can­non Val­ley: They are driv­ing down the com­mer­cial value of the area be­cause they're sell­ing them at such a cheap rate. Char­lotte Boyle, Can­non­vale: I have mixed views on the topic. It's great that coun­cil is try­ing to get out of debt, but at what price? If it's go­ing to wreck other peo­ple sell­ing their land, or overde­velop the area, then I don't agree. Stu­art Ballinger, Can­non­vale: I sup­pose if you're in debt you want to get out of it. Pay as soon as pos­si­ble. He­len Pike, Can­non­vale: Well they want to re­cover their debt some­how and I don't want to be pay­ing a levy on my rates for­ever. Tr­ish Large, Proser­pine: They're in trou­ble in­stead of in­creas­ing rates and putting more fi­nan­cial pres­sure on fam­i­lies and busi­nesses, they've thought of another so­lu­tion. If it's go­ing to be for the bet­ter­ment of the com­mu­nity, I'm all for it. Ian Dadd, Perth: I think it's a great idea, why not? If they're go­ing to get rid of their debt, then that's okay. Just don't make a habit of it.

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