From the editor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE com­mu­nity has cer­tainly spo­ken.

Judg­ing by the many let­ters to the editor re­ceived since last week’s elec­tion fo­rum in Proser­pine, Whit­sun­day res­i­dents are sick of the neg­a­tiv­ity, bick­er­ing and out­right hos­til­ity sur­round­ing the 2016 lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion cam­paign.

Peo­ple are fed up with the end­less com­plaints to the Crime and Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, the ac­cu­sa­tions flung from one end of the shire to the other and back and the end­less di­vide that seems to per­me­ate our oth­er­wise per­fect lives. Emo­tions are run­ning high. Why? In some cases it’s be­cause peo­ple gen­uinely care.

It’s be­cause they’re wor­ried about how ratepayer funds are spent and they want to see good gov­er­nance for the ben­e­fit of all. In some cases it’s be­cause old wounds run deep, and there are some scars that just don’t heal.

Over and over again, we hear the catch-cry to de-amal­ga­mate.

Well stop the press – it’s not go­ing to hap­pen.

We have to play on with the hand we’ve been dealt and no amount of re­sis­tance is go­ing to change that. As Alan Dufty sug­gests in his let­ter, maybe re­mov­ing the coun­cil divi­sions is the an­swer. Maybe not. As I head off on some ex­tended leave, part of me is re­gret­ful I won’t be here to see this last week of the elec­tion cam­paign through. I wish all the can­di­dates luck and ad­mire them for hav­ing the guts to lay them­selves bare be­fore our com­mu­nity in the de­sire to serve us.

I can only hope that by the time I re­turn, our new coun­cil is forg­ing for­ward and some sort of plan to bring unity to our re­gion is well un­der way. Sharon Small­wood Editor

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