From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - VIEWS - Sharon Small­wood, Act­ing Edi­tor

THERE are a cou­ple of in­ter­est­ing de­vel­op­ments afoot in the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment arena this week.

One is the news that coun­cil is keen to ad­vance its pro­posal for an in­ter­na­tional ex­port hub at the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port.

Few peo­ple living here to­day would not want to see the re­gion ad­vance and in­creas­ing our ac­ces­si­bil­ity, whether by road, rail, sea or air, is a vi­tal part of mak­ing that ad­vance­ment a re­al­ity.

The idea of the Whit­sun­days be­com­ing a po­ten­tial gate­way be­tween Australia and the Asian world is still prob­a­bly some way away but the in­ter­est in in­vest­ing in the pro­posal is healthy to see.

The air­port is a com­mu­nity / coun­cilowned as­set and there have been bat­tles in the past to en­sure it re­mains that way.

From Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney’s com­ments this week, it ap­pears coun­cil are only too aware of this and have promised no de­ci­sions will be made with­out con­sult­ing the com­mu­nity first.

The other in­ter­est­ing change on the hori­zon is that of our Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment di­vi­sional bound­aries.

At yes­ter­day’s coun­cil meet­ing in Collinsville, changes to the di­vi­sional bound­aries were rec­om­mended.

Un­der coun­cil’s cur­rent rec­om­men­da­tion, Di­vi­sion 1 (Air­lie Beach) would creep back a lit­tle, los­ing some of its elec­tors to Di­vi­sion 2 (Can­non­vale).

Di­vi­sion 2 would also shrink back, but in this case some of its elec­tors would move to a greatly-ex­panded Di­vi­sion 6.

Di­vi­sion 3 (Proser­pine) would pick up some prop­er­ties from Glen Isla to the O’Con­nell River, while Di­vi­sions 4 and 5 would not change sig­nif­i­cantly.

It seems the big­gest change would be in Di­vi­sion 6, which would pick up some of the prop­er­ties near Up River, Crys­tal­brook, Su­gar­loaf Road, Paluma Road, Rior­dan­vale and Hy­de­away Bay.

Sub­mis­sions can be made to the elec­toral com­mis­sion un­til next Fri­day, June 5 and we will bring you more in­for­ma­tion on this in next week’s edi­tion of the Whit­sun­day Times.

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