From the editor's desk
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