Simpson to run for Division 4
GARY Simpson is “passionate” about the Whitsundays and has lived here all his life.
This week he announced his intention to run for Division 4 in the local government elections in March.
“I feel I have plenty to offer. I am open and honest and I am not going in with any hidden agenda,” he said.
Mr Simpson believes a nine-year stint on the Canegrowers Proserpine board has provided him with the valuable experience needed to be a successful councillor.
If elected to represent Division 4, he said he would strive to also seek the best possible outcomes for residents of the wider Whitsundays.
On the town plan for Airlie Beach, he said he would support “sustainable growth”.
“I think it’s probably a good thing,” he added.
When questioned about the council’s plan to partner with private enterprise at the Whitsunday Coast Airport, in a 51–49% council-weighted deal, Mr Simpson indicated he would support the current proposal.
“If we can develop the airport, that has got to be a good thing,” he said.
“The airport to me, and Abbot Point, are the hubs for the future of the whole region.”
The maintenance of a “stable rate base” was also another of his key objectives. And lastly, he assured voters that “what you see is what you get”.
IN THE RUNNING: Proserpine Canegrowers board member Gary Simpson.