‘Noth­ing to fear’

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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