Simp­son to run for Divi­sion 4

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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