From the ed­i­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHIT SUNDAY VIEWS - Sharon Small­wood Ed­i­tor

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.

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