THE time has come to put the “us” and “them” (mentality) behind us and move forward as a united shire.
We saw this in the old days with the Proserpine / Airlie Beach rivalry and now it is bigger than ever since we amalgamated with Bowen.
This amalgamation was not by choice, but forced on us by the State Government.
We can’t go back it is too expensive, so let’s move on together.
This beautiful Whitsunday shire has so much potential. We have horticulture, coal, tourism, fishing, beef cattle and sugar – and these are just the large industries.
Why don’t we all work together and see our shire reach its potential?
Maybe the last council over-spent on capital works. But did the present Council have to put the rates up, give themselves a pay rise and spend a heap of money trying to blame someone for our debt when some of them were on council during that time anyway?
Couldn’t they have cut back on capital works during this term and resisted giving themselves a pay rise?
You only have to look around each of the towns in our shire – Collinsville, Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach, and see all the empty shops, houses and units to know how tough the ratepayers are doing it.
Most people who have tenants have had to drop rents 25% to 30% to keep them full. So was the rate rise fair? Maybe Andrew Willcox who voted against a pay rise and against the last rate rise is the man to lead this great shire into the future. Bill Pepper Cannonvalley