Locals vote to save our natural assets
LIVING in the Whitsundays, it's understandable why so many people are passionate about the reef and the environment.
This is especially so for long time locals Tony Fontes and Tim Wootton who want to see more action taken on climate issues this election.
"I'm excited for today," Mr Fontes said outside the Whitsunday PCYC polling booth.
"I'm hoping for a big change and it's good how politicians have taken notice of the reef and (are) wanting to make a change," he said.
Having lived in the region for 36 years, Mr Fontes said he wanted to see even more done for the environment than in previous years.
"I'd like to see a strong effort made in protecting the reef and helping climate change," he said.
Mr Wootton has been living in the region for 22 years and shares Mr Fontes passion for the environment saying "someone's got to think about the trees".
"We need to start looking after it because we've only got one chance," he said.
"Once it's gone, it's gone.
"The major parties need to get on with the community and listen to what they want."