David Gillespie Exmouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry president David Gillespie has been a strong supporter of Gascoyne Gateway, but had few words when asked as a council candidate. “I’ll support the initiatives of what the people of Exmouth choose to go, either support or be against it,” he said. “I can’t say that ... I can support something until I actually get into council. “I don’t believe the council or the Shire has got a view on that at this stage so I can’t really comment.” In July this year he said corporates abiding by the rules and EPA would work in Exmouth. “The fact of the matter is we have these environmentalists who have no short-term or long-term future to see how the town should survive,” he said. The ECCI in May made a submission to the EPA backing the port, claiming many of the “vocal minority” opposing it did not live in Exmouth. Turk Shales The former Shire president held his cards close to his chest when asked about the hot topic. While not opposed to the development, Mr Shales said he would “have to have a good look at it”. “I look at the environmental issues as well as I do business and support for youth and jobs and what have you,” he said. “I would have to weigh up exactly where I thought on behalf of the people that voted me what I would accept, what I would push for and what I would knock back.” During his tenure as Shire president Mr Shales was a leading advocate for a deepwater port. He said such a development would be good for the cruise industry and nearby stations who have to truck livestock to Geraldton. The Gascoyne Gateway proposal surfaced after Mr Shales’ presidential stint. Jackie Brooks Local tourism figurehead Jackie Brooks said she was unable to confidently support the Gascoyne Gateway proposal at this stage. “It is a process that must go through the appropriate ministerial departments before it reaches council for consideration,” she said. “When it does and if it does, I would recommend further community consultation to ensure the views of our residents and ratepayers are inclusive. “As a councillor, if elected, I am here to represent the views of the community of Exmouth throughout any decision-making process.” Darlene Allston Small business owner Darlene Allston said she strongly believed any local development should be at no cost to the environment. Ms Allston said it should offer local job opportunities, education for the youth and unemployed, support the tourism industry and provide valuable infrastructure which benefits the community. “If elected as a council member, it is my responsibility to review all of the relevant information pertaining to any development, to facilitate the process and provide sustainable outcomes,” she said.