From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Cas Gar­vey Act­ing edi­tor Ph: 4957 0320 | Mob: 0428 067 357

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.

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