Thursday, March 7, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Your Voice Matters

As we approach the upcoming local elections in Mackay, it's imperative that we, as a community, take the time to reflect on the issues that resonate most deeply with us. With a diverse array of candidates vying for council positions, each with their own unique platforms and priorities, it's crucial that voters engage with the specific concerns and aspirations outlined by these contenders.

Candidates have articulated a range of issues and proposals that they believe are vital for the future well-being of our region. From economic development and job creation to housing affordability, environmental sustainability, and community engagement, there is a wealth of topics to consider as we evaluate the suitability of each candidate for office.

On the cover this edition we caught up with Justin Englert to find out about the exciting economic driver in the Finch Hatton mountain bike trails, while on page 8 we find out how Jacko’s Team promises to reduce our rates.

Then on pages 10-15 we have an in-depth look at all of our councillor candidates.

For instance, Melissa Fowler emphasises the need to restore pride in our region and enhance support for local businesses and families. Namarca Corowa underscores the importance of community engagement, transparency, and sustainable initiatives to enhance Mackay's livability.

Heath Paton highlights the significance of community-spirited events and opportunities for youth, while Belinda Hassan's commitment to fiscal responsibility and community service resonates with many. Les Scott's focus on housing and employment, along with Stephen Cutting's emphasis on infrastructure and community collaboration, offer further insights into the diverse perspectives shaping this election.

These are just a few examples of the myriad issues and priorities brought forth by the candidates. As residents of Mackay, your input and feedback are invaluable in shaping the direction of our community. What issues matter most to you? What qualities are you looking for in your elected representatives?

As we prepare to cast our votes, let's take the time to engage with the candidates and critically evaluate their platforms. Together, we can ensure that our voices are heard and that our elected officials are equipped to address the pressing needs and aspirations of our vibrant and dynamic community.

Make sure you grab next week’s edition where I sit down with our three mayoral candidates.


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