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Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

OPEN let­ter to Whit­sun­day shire coun­cil­lors:

Big projects are needed for the sur­vival of our re­gion. Our builders have lit­tle work, their sup­port trades and their fam­i­lies are suf­fer­ing.

Let's not waste a $300 mil­lion op­por­tu­nity and give Mr Wang suf­fi­cient time in which to set­tle Water­son Way.

Mr Wang is truly a dis­tin­guished "new Aus­tralian". Noone else has con­trib­uted to the pros­per­ity of our re­gion to the ex­tent Mr Wang has.

Dur­ing the past three years Mr Wang has pro­moted the Whit­sun­day re­gion abroad and as­sisted the lo­cal com­mu­nity fi­nan­cially. Three years ago he opened the Whit­sun­day branch of the Chi­nese Aus­tralia En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion to pro­mote lo­cal busi­nesses. He in­vited the high­est Chi­nese Bud­dhist au­thor­ity His High­ness Ab­bot Dao Ci to the bless­ing cer­e­mony of the Whit­sun­day branch. He ar­ranged the for­mal­i­ties and cer­e­monies re­lated to Whit­sun­day’s sis­ter cities with Yong Ning City and Zho Shan City. He opened up the Whit­sun­day seafood ex­port mar­ket to China with a $5 mil­lion first MOU con­tract signed in Hong Kong.

Mr Wang’s com­pany pub­lished 100,000 books at a cost of $200,000 to pro­mote the Whit­sun­day re­gion abroad and in­ter­state. Last year Mr Wang spon­sored the first host­ing of Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions and fire­works at a cost of $20,000. He also in­vited more than 20 del­e­ga­tions to visit the Whit­sun­days to fa­cil­i­tate busi­ness and in­vest­ments op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Whit­sun­day re­gion. He pro­moted the Whit­sun­days at the In­ter­na­tional Is­land Con­fer­ence held by the United Na­tions, and Whit­sun­day was awarded "Most Pop­u­lar Desti­na­tion in the Top 10”.

Re­cently he spon­sored the Black Dog In­sti­tu­tion and pro­vided the prize money as well. In ad­di­tion he also spon­sored the Whit­sun­day Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and the In­ter­na­tional Song Com­peti- tion at a cost of $22,000.

His as­sist­ing and work­ing to­gether with the en­tire Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity should be recog­nised.

To­gether let's give Mr Wang three weeks to pro­vide the bank guar­an­tee re­quired un­der the terms of coun­cil's con­tract. David Gill­man Pres­i­dent Whit­sun­day Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Inc

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