What’s in the box: your guide to this local election


We are in the thick of council campaigns, but don't be blinded by the corflute and leaflets: there is another question on the cards. This local council election will look a little different from previous years, so will you be prepared to face the polling booths? Voters will be asked three … [Read more...]

Official opening for Whisper Bay Boat Ramp

Mayor Jenny Whitney and State MP Julieanne Gilbert at the opening of the Whisper Bay Boat Ramp

Local mariners now have a safer place to set off from with the upgraded Whisper Bay Boat Ramp officially opened this morning. Construction ran from September through to January and was done to provide another ramp to one of the most popular places for boats in Australia. In attendance were … [Read more...]

Whitney corruption allegations put to rest

Jenny Whitney says that the allegations against her were a deliberate attempt to stall council projects.

Incumbent mayor Jenny Whitney has been cleared of corruption allegations regarding the sale of council land for the now abandoned Chinatown development at Waterson Way. Concerns raised by a local resident led to investigations surrounding a perceived conflict of interest, but the Crime and … [Read more...]

Time for the 2016 local government elections


The Electoral Commission of Queensland has released details for the 2016 Local Government Quadrennial Elections. The elections will commence alongside the state referendum, which was announced by the Premier on Friday. Candidate nominations are now open and will be accepted until midnight on … [Read more...]

Council sets up project group for Airlie Beach Foreshore revitalisation

The Airlie Beach Foreshore hosting the Great Australia Bites Festival in January

Local businesses and community stakeholders will work with the Whitsunday Regional Council to oversee the $400 000 revitalisation of the Airlie Beach foreshore. The area set for improvement is near the Whitsunday Sailing Club that was once a bus transit terminal. Mayor Jenny Whitney is pleased … [Read more...]

Whitsunday Coast Airport named fasted growing regional airport


A recent report has named the Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine as the nation’s fastest growing regional airport. It has earned that classification thanks to monthly passenger movements increasing by 25.9% since 2014. Mayor Jenny Whitney says that the increase in traffic highlights the … [Read more...]

A successful Great Australian Bites Festival on the Airlie Beach foreshore


Food, music and sun (eventually), what more could a person want from their Sunday afternoon? For some the food was just enough as that took centre stage in the Great Australian Bites festival on the Airlie Beach foreshore. It was the first time it has taken place away from Brisbane’s South … [Read more...]

Councilor Atkinson standing again in Division 2

Cr John Atkinson

After almost two years in the job, Councilor John Atkinson will be trying to keep his seat for Division 2 in the upcoming Council elections. Having been elected in May 2014, Cr Atkinson replaced Kevin Collins in the seat and has brought his own style to meetings. In his time in office, he … [Read more...]