Friday, December 2, 2022


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Chamber Chat

With December literally upon us and Christmas around the corner, a quick reflection on an amazing and unprecedented 12 months.

This time last year, we were frantically completing vaccinations, struggling to comply with and arguing about government mandates and borders were on the brink of opening up with normality almost within grasp. Since that time, we have been swamped by some of the best business conditions ever experienced locally.

Despite rampant COVID numbers in the first quarter, every sector experienced unprecedented and sustained growth with tourism flourishing on all fronts, building and real estate sales booming and all service and retail sectors travelling well, hampered only by staffing and accommodation issues.

We have had changes of government federally including our local federal member, a new mayor and now a December election for a new Division 2 councillor.

The chamber hosted a meet the candidates forum on Monday evening giving the business and general community a chance to meet and chat to the four candidates. After opening addresses and answering a series of pre-submitted questions, it was clear that we have some extremely passionate and well-intentioned candidates.

Interesting, without going into specifics, all candidates had quite similar views on most of the hot topics in both Division 2 and the region more broadly. It is safe to say that the candidate’s position aligned fairly closely with the preferences of broader community meaning the residents and businesses in Division 2 will be well.

The choice for voters comes down not so much to policies, but who they feel has the experience, time and drive to be an effective councillor. The chamber thanks the candidates for their time on Monday and wishes them all good luck on Saturday. We are grateful to have the option to pick from some quality candidates.

From Allan Milostic, President of Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce.

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