REVEALED: Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox discussed how Council had changed under his leadership at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning.
REVEALED: Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox discussed how Council had changed under his leadership at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning.

Mayor: tourism to get boost in budget

TOURISM, the Whitsunday Coast Airport, foreshore revitalisation, traffic, the budget - these are just some of the topics discussed by Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox at a Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast this morning.

Cr Willcox has been reasonably tight-lipped about what residents could expect from the 2016-17 budget but this morning he revealed a funding boost for Tourism Whitsundays would definitely feature.

"(And) we're embracing the digital era. There's less talk, more action," he said.

Business and tourism were two of the major major talking points, with Cr Willcox saying that there was currently $36 billion in major projects on the books for the region.

He also said there were a number of announcements in the wings with regards to funding and partnerships with the state and federal governments.

Addressing the crowd at Fish D'vine, Cr Willcox also spoke about how council had changed since he was elected mayor.

"Council is going through a process of change," he said.

"Council is committed to making hard and fast decisions. We are open for business. We have a clear framework for Whitsundays future."

Council's organisational restructuring was a big talking point, with Cr Willcox saying they could now "deliver more for this community".

Since he took office, he said council had rationalised managerial positions and introduced a "better culture".

Taking some questions from the floor, he addressed the issue of the Airlie Beach foreshore revitalisation.

He said no plans were finalised yet and that there were still plenty of opportunities for community feedback, with plans to go back out to the community once finalised.

There were also questions about the amount of trucks passing through the main street of Airlie Beach and the high price of parking fines compared to other similar councils, both of which Cr Willcox said he would look into.


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