‘Nothing to fear’
LIKELY councillor for Division 6 Mike Brunker has vowed Airlie Beach “won’t miss out” having a Bowen mayor in Andrew Willcox.
While the former Bowen mayor (inset) acknowledged the north and south division was strong, he said Airlie residents had “nothing to fear”.
“People have said before, it’s on Facebook that you want to wreck Airlie Beach, and I say when I was mayor ... I’ve got a big fingerprint on that main street of Airlie Beach; I built it,” Mr Brunker said.
“I ran for the federal government and I got $5 million off the feds, I lobbied Anna Bligh with Jan Jarratt and got $5 million off them, and we put $7 mil- lion into it as a council.”
Mr Brunker referenced his push to upgrade the sewage treatment plant in Airlie Beach.
“We upgraded the ageing infrastructure; I sacrificed my own sewage treatment plant in Bowen because we couldn’t afford to get Airlie and Proserpine done,” he said.
“I get a little bit annoyed when people say we’re worried Bowen is going to take over because I think we did quite well under the previous Bowen administration and we will be there to govern for everybody.”
He highlighted the need to create more jobs, the Whitsunday international airport and tourism as priorities for the region.