From the editor's desk
IT’S been another whirlwind news week in the Whitsundays, with more twists and turns to the ongoing town plan issue, further developments on the airport front and now moves from Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited members to completely split the organisation’s tourism and economic development aspects up.
Underlying all of these stories is actually one common theme – the fact that our region is so diverse and we’re trying to maximise potential on many fronts.
Just as it may never have been a good idea to try to marry tourism and mining interests under the umbrella of WMDL, there have been numerous struggles for harmony among our region’s various economies since the forced amalgamation of the former Bowen and Whitsunday shires.
While some believe de-amalgamation is the solution, Whitsunday wasn’t one of the areas selected for that course of action the last time the State Government looked.
We might still have the former Newman Government’s “four pillars” of the economy, in tourism, mining, agriculture and construction, but making them work side by side and finding synergies or deciding on separation is going to continue to be one of our greatest challenges into 2016.
On the matter of a new year fast approaching and a focus across some business sectors on wrapping up for the year, I must now say a fond farewell.
I am heading off on annual leave and this will be my final edition of the Whit
sunday Times for 2015. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers, contributors and advertisers a very “Merry Christmas” and a happy and prosperous new year.