From the ed­i­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

IT’S en­cour­ag­ing to see the on­go­ing progress at the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre.

I for one am look­ing for­ward to the re-open­ing of Is­land Drive and the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of some plans for the fu­ture of the cen­tre.

Wouldn’t it be great to think that what’s to come is even bet­ter than what we had be­fore.

Let’s hope new dreams and busi­nesses rise up from the ashes as well as the ones that were al­ready there.

Our thoughts are still very much with those who haven’t been able to re-open yet

We sin­cerely hope they all do – whether at this lo­ca­tion or some­where new.

It’s also been pleas­ing this week to see the plans for es­tab­lish­ing New Zealand flights have not gone away de­spite the long and drawn-out elec­tion process.

Our new mayor An­drew Will­cox is ap­proach­ing the sit­u­a­tion with an abun­dance of cau­tion – be­cause as he has al­ways said, he wants to en­sure the deal “stacks up”.

And while our fed­eral politi­cians have been in the re­gion pledg­ing their sup­port, this still needs ap­proval at a lo­cal govern­ment level.

All six of our new coun­cil­lors around the ta­ble must make the de­ci­sions on this ven­ture go­ing for­ward.

We hope the choices they make will be the right ones for the whole com­mu­nity.

On a fi­nal note, we are all now look­ing ahead to An­zac Day.

As usual, the Whit­sun­days won’t dis­ap­point, with ser­vices and com­mem­o­ra­tions planned across our com­mu­ni­ties.

We’ll look for­ward to see­ing you out there on the day – and please feel free to send your images and im­pres­sions to ed­i­tor@whit­sun­day­times.com.au or share to our Face­book page. Sharon Small­wood Ed­i­tor

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