Let’s unite

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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