From the editor's desk
AS WE hit the press yesterday, the new mayor and councillors for the Whitsunday council were still not declared – this morning now being 12 days since polling day.
Every day, we’ve been watching as council after council across Queensland sees their new local government leaders sworn in ... and yet this morning, we’re still waiting.
The Electoral Commission workers are undoubtedly undertaking a mammoth task but the question has to be asked why the Whitsundays is one of the last councils still finalising its count.
I know we had a bit of fun on last week’s front page toying with the whole comeback what-if but, in reality, the mayor’s job has clearly been Andrew Willcox’s for the taking most of the way.
He’s been thousands of votes in front most of the way and yesterday, his margin increased to 3237 votes ahead of incumbent Jenny Whitney.
If that’s not enough of a win to declare it, I don’t know what is.
While it’s all well and good to make sure the count is done properly, correctly and fairly, it has still meant an extra week and a half without a clear direction of our community leaders.
I’m one for direction. I can’t go to sleep at night if I am unsure of what the next work day will bring.
And I’m sure I’m not the only one, if the council candidates milling around the ECQ counting office yesterday afternoon was anything to go by.
I’m sure they, just like the rest of the community, are just as eager to know the results and, for the winners, just as eager to get to work and get stuck into the job of leading the Whitsunday region.