LET THE RACE BEGIN
Candidates go head-to-head in council election
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.