Residents are off to the polls

FORMER COUNCILLOR: The by-election is necessary because Kevin Collins resigned in early March.
FORMER COUNCILLOR: The by-election is necessary because Kevin Collins resigned in early March.

THIS SATURDAY, the residents of Whitsunday Regional Council's Division 2 will head to the polls to elect a new councillor.

Council's elected representatives consist of a mayor and six divisional councillors.

Division 2 has been vacant since Cr Kevin Collins resigned in early March.

There are four candidates for this weekend's election, these being former mayor Mario Demartini, former deputy mayor Rogin Taylor, former councillor Jack Lumby and former owner of a Brahmans stud, John Atkinson.

Mr Demartini has lived in the Whitsundays for 24 years and was mayor for 14 years.

He became the subject of some criticism this week after local real estate agent Christie Leet sent a letter to the editor in support of his campaign.

Critics have since expressed concerns about their business relationship, which Mr Demartini said he found personally offensive.

"I have never acted dishonestly during my terms in council and do not intend to do so if I am elected," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Taylor has lived in the Whitsundays for 24 years and was a newspaper editor prior to moving here.

He was the deputy mayor in the former council and was probably best known before that as a campaigner to save the Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Mr Lumby is also a former councillor who served on the former Whitsunday Council prior to amalgamation.

He is the president of the Whitsunday Bald Eagles and organiser of the "One Punch Can Kill" campaign in the Whitsundays.

Mr Atkinson moved to the area from Darwin where he owned and ran a marine business.

He moved here to operate a Brahman stud and he is the only one of the four candidates who hasn't previously been a councillor in the Whitsundays.

Topics:  division 2, kevin collins, whitsunday regional council

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