News

Decision time for candidates

THE race for Whitsunday Regional Council's top job is almost at an end with the long-awaited local government election now just two days away.

Vying for the position of mayor are current mayor Mike Brunker, current Division 3 councillor Jennifer Whitney and newcomers to local government Grigor Taylor and Tony Maine.

A mini-poll conducted by the Whitsunday Ratepayers Association (WRA) suggests Jennifer Whitney could be mayor with the association endorsing her after more than 90 per cent of its participating members voted that way. Whether the views of the WRA reflect the bigger picture has yet to be seen but Ms Whitney says she is fairly confident of a good result.

"As long as we don't have a problem with the postal voting I think I've got a very good chance," she said.

Incumbent mayor Mike Brunker says he too is "quietly confident".

"I think people should judge me over the last four years not the last four weeks and if they do that I'm quietly confident the majority of councillors will be voted back in," he said.

Grigor Taylor says he has no idea how things will pan out.

"But I have been very happy with the reception for our nine-point plan and people have been interested in what I have to say," he said.

Tony Maine says he has his "fingers crossed".

"I honestly hope I do win because I think I've got something to contribute to the community and the region," he said.

Whitsunday returning officer Leanne Lloyd says the ECQ website will continue to be updated as votes are counted on Saturday night. Voting officially closes at 6pm when counting starts.

"As soon as I have figures they'll be available on the website," Ms Lloyd said.

"And in the next 10 day period, every time I have further figures - and I expect that to be daily - it'll be updated," she said. 


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Tim Gilbert returns to Airlie with Today Show team

The Today Show's sports presenter, Tim Gilbert will join the rest of the team when they visit Airlie Beach on Wednesday, June 1 for their We Love Australia tour. Supplied by Channel 9. Photo contributed.

Tim Gilbert is heading to Airlie Beach tomorrow with the Today Show

Pony club pays tribute to Billie

YOUNG STAR: 12-year-old Billie Kinder. 
Photo contributed.

Former Whitsunday local 12-year-old Billie Kinder has died.

Christensen campaign signs defaced

FACE OFF: Federal member for Dawson George Christensen's campaign signs were targeted by vandals last night. 
Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian

Vandals last night defaced George Christensen's campaign signs.

Latest deals and offers

Today Show sees big crowds gather

The Today Show, broadcasting live from the Airlie Beach foreshore, has drawn in big crowds.

Tim Gilbert returns to Airlie with Today Show team

The Today Show's sports presenter, Tim Gilbert will join the rest of the team when they visit Airlie Beach on Wednesday, June 1 for their We Love Australia tour. Supplied by Channel 9. Photo contributed.

Tim Gilbert is heading to Airlie Beach tomorrow with the Today Show

Pullen accused plead guilty to manslaughter

Timothy Pullen.

Men plead guilty to manslaughter in Mackay court

Pony club pays tribute to Billie

YOUNG STAR: 12-year-old Billie Kinder. 
Photo contributed.

Former Whitsunday local 12-year-old Billie Kinder has died.

Christensen campaign signs defaced

FACE OFF: Federal member for Dawson George Christensen's campaign signs were targeted by vandals last night. 
Photo Rory Sheavils / The Guardian

Vandals last night defaced George Christensen's campaign signs.

Woman kicks and scratches police

An Airlie Beach woman has been charged after a vicious police assault.

Police have charged a woman following a violent attack.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Beyonce is better than Beethoven according to your dog

Sony research shows that dogs prefer Top 40 over classical.

Research commissioned by Sony shows that dogs like Top 40 more than classical.

Kevin Walters has done his homework on Moylan

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Coach Kevin Walters during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session on May 29, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Qld Couch Kevin Walters is aware of NSW fullback.

Tribute to Cameron Smith on 37 games

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked