Thursday, February 15, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Philip Batty Mayoral Candidate

My name is Philip Batty I first arrived in the Whitsundays in 2002. I have held senior executive positions for several very large Australian and international businesses during my 35 plus years in hospitality. My passion for the region is evidenced by my involvement in securing commercial flights and cruise ships to the region plus promoting the Whitsundays through a highly successful flash mob promotion, which I organised, reaching almost 2 million people around the world.

Affordable housing is a hot topic for the region and I believe there are opportunities to consider actions which will improve the situation and provide a long term solution which will grow the economy and make attracting both workers and enterprise to the whole of the shire. I will work closely with Council, State government and the local Housing authority to discuss these options and make plans to tackle the issue.

People of the Whitsundays want, and deserve, a Council who truly acts for their benefit. A Council which is accountable and responsible for the future prosperity of the ratepayers. My approach will always be one of integrity, honesty, transparency and passion. I believe I have the business acumen and the strength to lead a Council for the people.

My first 100 days of a 1460-day term will be to listen and learn then to question and listen and learn again. The decisions and actions made by any council should be made with a long-term vision for the overall benefit of the region. It is important to clearly hear and understand all the issues currently and foresee long term infrastructure needs and community expectations for many years to come. It is not a sprint but a strategic long term, never ending, plan for the future of the Whitsundays.

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