Can­di­dates go head-to-head in coun­cil elec­tion

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Rory Sheav­ils

THEY have put in the hard yards, hit the cam­paign trail and made their po­si­tions known – now it’s time for the peo­ple to make their de­ci­sion.

De­bate has been fiery in the past few weeks, with pas­sions run­ning high as a num­ber of ma­jor changes hang in the bal­ance.

Some of the ma­jor talk­ing points sur­round­ing Satur­day’s elec­tion have been the pro­posed town plan, the pro­posed Whit­sun­day Coast In­ter­na­tional Air­port and the now de- funct Chi­na­town pro­posal.

With the town plan hav­ing been voted in by coun­cil in a 5-2 split be­fore be­ing re­turned to the ta­ble on re­peal, the pro­posed plan is set to be sent out to the peo­ple once again through pro­fes­sion­ally fa­cil­i­tated pub­lic fo­rums.

On the air­port front, the Whit­sun­day Coast is ex­pected to wel­come in­ter­na­tional flights from New Zealand by the middle of the year.

The coun­cil-owned land at 45–71 Water­son Way re­mains just that for the mo­ment, with Deputy Mayor An­drew Will­cox us­ing his de­cid­ing vote to refuse an ex­ten­sion on pay­ment of the de­posit and Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney ab­stain­ing from the vote due to a “per­ceived” con­flict of in­ter­est.

Cr Whit­ney has thrown her hat back in the may­oral race ring, point­ing to her work in im­prov­ing the coun­cil debt sit­u­a­tion as proof of her ef­fec­tive­ness in the po­si­tion.

Cr Will­cox has also been walk­ing the may­oral cam­paign trail, high­light­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence in the coun­cil board­room and as a busi­ness owner.

New­comer to lo­cal pol­i­tics Eric Oliver has based his run on prom­ises to en­sure “com­plete trans­parency” and a “heal­ing of the rift in our com­mu­nity be­tween north and south”.

The polls are open from 8am–6pm on Satur­day. There have been some changes to the polling booth lo­ca­tions fol­low­ing a re­view by the ECQ and ad­just­ments to divi­sion bound­aries.

Divi­sion 1: Air­lie Beach PCYC, Shute Har­bour Rd, Ju­bilee Pocket.

Divi­sion 2: Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege, 26 Paluma Rd, Can­non­vale.

Divi­sion 3: Father Tom Gard Hall, St Cather­ine’s Catholic Col­lege, 90 Ren­wick Rd, Proser­pine.

Con­way Beach Pen­hal­lurick Res­i­dence, 1 Pen­hal­lurick Esp, Con­way Beach.

Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal, Tay­lor St, Proser­pine.

Divi­sion 4: Collinsville LG Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Dingo Beach Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Divi­sion 5: Bowen PCYC, cnr Hay St and Queens Rd, Bowen.

Bowen Hos­pi­tal, 61–65 Gre­gory St, Bowen.

Divi­sion 6: Bowen PCYC, cnr Hay St and Queens Rd, Bowen.

Gumlu State School, De Salis St, Gumlu.

Merinda State School, Bergl St, Bowen.

Queens Beach State School, 39 Tracey St, Bowen.

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