CLOSED: Brampton Island has been closed to the public since the start of 2011.
CLOSED: Brampton Island has been closed to the public since the start of 2011. Contributed

Who should push island owners to build resorts?

THERE is plenty of talk of the islands off our coast, like Lindeman and Brampton, being re-developed so we decided to ask our three Mackay mayoral candidates how the regional council could help facilitate this.

Read what they had to say:

Deirdre Comerford
Greg Williamson
Mitch Rays

Mackay Tourism marketing officer Sarah Matheson said the organisation welcomed any new tourism development in the region, whether that was island based or not.

"Islands like Brampton and Lindeman would be fantastic additions to the already broad range of products we have on offer," she said.

Should the council do more to help develop islands off Mackay?

This poll ended on 15 March 2016.

Current Results

Yes

70%

No

30%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

It was important people were open-minded about any type of development on the region's islands, Ms Matheson said.

The Daily Mercury revealed proposed plans to re-develop Lindeman Island last week. A draft environmental impact statement on the development is set to be released in June.

Brampton Island, which is owned by United Petroleum, has been closed to the public since January 2011.

Keswick Island is one island residents and tourists can visit.

We asked our Facebook users: What development, if any, would you like to see on the islands off Mackay?

Showing just how much love our residents have for the island we were overwhelmed with responses.

Craig Andrews wants cheap accommodation for locals to stay in. "Not these overpriced hotels they have up at the Whitsunday islands," he said.

Mick Warnke took inspiration from elsewhere. "Huts like you see in Tahiti... to maintain the natural environment," he said.

Tania Camilleri did not want any development.

"Their (islands') beauty partly relates to the fact that they are kind of isolated and there are not many facilities," she said. "Leave them as they are."

HOW TO VOTE

PRE-POLL voting remains open until this Friday at the 500 Pavilion at Mackay showgrounds. The booth is open 9am-5pm each day this week, except for Friday when it will remain open until 6pm. Voting is compulsory.

Odds on

 Sportsbet is taking bets on who will be mayor, with Greg Williamson the favourite at $1.60. Deirdre Comerford is paying $2.35 and Mitch Rays is at $16.


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