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Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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