From the editor's desk
THE local government election has been heating up in the past few months, with the final bang set for Saturday.
Our candidates have been hitting the campaign trail with dedication.
Incumbent mayor Jennifer Whitney has been making her presence known, spreading her message in YouTube videos, speeches and a luncheon at Fish D’Vine.
Incumbent deputy mayor Andrew Willcox has matched this pace, this week bathing Proserpine in a sea of “Willcox blue” with his fleet of vehicles and volunteers.
Newcomer Eric Oliver has been taking his campaign on the road, visiting the far corners of the region and explaining his positions on social media.
With such fervour from all mayoral candidates, we can at least be certain of a leader who isn’t afraid to put in the long hours required.
The divisions have seen some serious commitment to the cause as well, with candidates staking out the pre-polling booths in the blazing sun to hand out “how to vote” cards.
Of course, being able to withstand long periods of exposure does not a good councillor make.
But the Meet the Candidates forums and the feature in this newspaper have allowed them to make their policies known.
And, hopefully, it is on these issues and promises the people will make their decision come Saturday.
Whatever the outcome, once the final ballots have been counted, one thing is for sure, there are big changes ahead for the Whitsunday region.
Similarly, we at the Whitsunday Times will bring you the coverage.