From the editor's desk
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners of this year’s Whitsunday Regional Council Australia Day Awards.
What an amazing community we live in – where there are so many people deserving of recognition.
It was particularly heart-warming to see Margaret Shaw become Citizen of the Year for the communities of Proserpine, Cannonvale and Airlie Beach.
Over the years, we have followed Margaret’s David and Goliath battle with the insurance industry throughout every step of the way.
I can personally vouch for her commitment to the people of not just Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays but in fact all of northern Australia.
Margaret has been on the receiving end of the insurance pinch and she feels the pain of those who are doing it tough.
If anything, this recognition from her home town will probably only spur her on further.
Already she is talking about the fact it’s not just strata insurance bleeding people dry, with other types such as business, rural and landlord also having a significant impact.
Margaret – and all the award winners – we salute you.
On another matter...
The first council meeting of 2016 was always going to be an interesting one.
We’ve got building heights going back out to community consultation – and at the former request of the deputy mayor.
Cr Whitney repealed his motion to do this before Christmas but says she only did so because it wasn’t an easy time of year for people to properly engage.
March 19 is fast approaching and no doubt then, people will be engaging at the ballot box. Sharon Smallwood Editor