Friday, March 17, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Editor's Note

Hi Everyone,

The Mayor invited me out for a coffee last week and it was great to catch up.

As soon as we sat down, she told me it was just a casual meeting to connect and find out how Council could better assist us with delivering their news to the community.

How refreshing! What a lovely thing to ask.

We spent an hour discussing topics about the local community – everything from bridges to boat ramps, the housing crisis and the tough few years that could lie ahead with rising living costs.

At the Council meeting earlier that week, the Mayor announced she would be declining the standard annual pay rise because she couldn’t, in good heart, accept it while so many others in the community are doing it tough.

This really is putting your money where your mouth is!

And, I think it is selfless acts like this that make Julie Hall stand apart from others and show us all how she is coming good on her promise to be the ‘People’s Mayor’.

Good on you Julie!

Now for a completely separate matter, I would like to apologise to readers about the missing crossword in last week’s paper – I was absolutely amazed how something so small could be such a big part of so many lives!

It certainly proved that it’s not until you leave something out that you realise how popular it is.

We had several phone calls from disappointed readers, one lady in particular who told me that she and 10 of her friends sat down every week and do the crossword together.

I felt terrible that we had deprived them all of that joy.

Sorry everyone - the crossword is back in this week, and we will endeavour to ensure it never gets missed again.


Quote of the Week:
“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone” (Coco Chanel)

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