Thursday, March 21, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

New Division 6 Councillor “Absolutely Honoured”

Well-known and well-liked Bowen local, John Finlay, is celebrating this week following incredible results at the polling booths on Saturday.

At the time of going to print 81.96 per cent of the votes had been counted for the Division 6 Councillor Candidate position.

John Finlay struck a significant lead, with 72.51 per cent of the votes compared to his opponent, David Paddon who received 27.49 per cent of the vote.

Mr Finlay said he is “absolutely honoured” and thanks the Bowen community for supporting him.

“This role is more than just being a Councillor, it is about being a conduit for the community,” he said.

“I am looking forward to making sure the communication flows both ways and that reference groups are all drawn upon to create the best outcomes for all.”

An accountant for most of his life and a previous CEO of Council, Mr Finlay’s experience is vast, and he is looking forward to using his financial background to create strong financial and asset management plans with Council.

He is also passionate about future proofing our region, making sure we have adequate sewerage and water supply to cater to the significant population growth.

He is also focused on housing development, with so many new jobs arising in Bowen, he wants to see housing meet the influx of workers.

He is also looking forward to tackling the Bowen Harbour project and making headway so that Bowen has a port of a similar standard to Airlie Beach.

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