From the editor's desk
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.