From the editors desk
WHEN Airlie Beach Race Week finished last Friday, the focus of the yachting world moved to Hamilton Island Race Week.
On the second day, spectacular footage was captured of whales near the competing boats.
This footage was picked up by national media and can be seen on YouTube.
This type of publicity is fantastic for the area. It is spontaneous and attracts the attention of many people.
The excellent weather would have certainly been enticing to those people watching it on national TV in the southern states.
For those people who haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look on YouTube and there is a photo on page 6 of the Whitsunday
Times today. On another matter... Whitsunday ratepayers received their rates notices this week and they are due on September 8 for those people hoping to receive the five per cent discount.
It should not have come as a big surprise that the rates have gone up.
It is no secret that the council is in financial trouble as this has been reported widely by the Whitsunday Times and other media for more than a year.
However, some ratepayers who have done comparisons over the past few years have realised that the increase was more significant than they had thought.
Council needs to get out of financial difficulty so they can get on with the business – but ratepayers can’t continue to cop all the increases.
The next council election is due in March 2016 and that’s just over 18 months away so this council needs to concentrate from now until then on getting their finances in order.
If this doesn’t happen, the current councillors are not likely to be re-elected and then the next council will simply inherit a financial mess.