THE HIT 100.9FM DEBATE ... IS THERE A DOWNSIDE TO MORE FLIGHTS TO AND FROM HOBART?
HIM PAUL HOGAN This is going to get ugly
BEFORE you jump the gun and go celebrating the fact that we can all fly direct to the Gold Coast from Hobart airport, pause for a moment.
What this actually means is that there will be an invasion. An invasion of Queenslanders.
Now don’t get me wrong. There are some genuinely great individuals that have come from the Sunshine State. But for every Steve Irwin, Cathy Freeman and Margot Robbie there is also a Pauline Hanson, Clive Palmer and Bob Katter.
If we start letting Queenslanders in, specifically ones from the Gold Coast, we are really opening up Pandora’s Box.
Well think about it! You know they won’t leave. They’ll outstay their welcome like a smelly uncle from Launceston stuck to the foldout.
Think about these people. What are they obsessed with? High-rise, high-density living on the waterfront. They will set out to destroy our waterfront. Do we really want Salamanca turned into the next Cavill Avenue?
I’ve been to that place. And I’ve got the scars to prove it. I just don’t think that our waterfront is quite ready for illusion shakers, drunken brawls and wet T-shirt competitions.
And if the thought of overdeveloped McMansions isn’t enough for you, what about the white shoe brigade?
Have you ever seen what time Queensland retirees get up and go for a “power walk”? Those blue and purple-rinsed, overly tanned, shufflers march around at dawn like it’s a North Korean military exercise!
Now don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that we live in a global economy.
The tourism dollar is vitally important to the sustainability of our fair city. But now that we have Mona, countless world-class food and arts festivals, along with some of the world’s most beautiful wilderness, can’t we just be a tad more selective?
HER ESTHER WOODHAMS The dollars make sense
MY ‘BFF’ left Hobart six years ago and moved to the Gold Coast. I haven’t seen her since. Every time we attempt to book flights the calculations suggest we’d have to take out a second mortgage just to fund it. Never mind the two weeks’ leave it felt like I had to take just to get there. Once you add transfers to the multiple flights and stopovers, it becomes apparent it would be cheaper to travel to Indonesia rather than Queensland. Although, to be fair, it’s still not as long as travelling through Liverpool St. Thank god for direct flights to the Gold Coast. The point of a holiday is to escape ... and then to return. I love a tan and a sunny cocktail but can only maintain a swamp butt for so long before I’m begging to get home. Likewise Gold Coasters deserve to freely enjoy Australia’s trendiest city and all it has to offer ... before remembering life before featherdown jackets and heading back north. You’re right Paul, some of our best known and best looking national icons are from the Gold Coast. While you live in fear of imports such as Pauline Hanson, perhaps you forget that we have Jacqui Lambie? We’re sorted. In fact maybe we could probably organise a new politician exchange system?
Before Tassie established Mona and its place firmly on the international tourism map, you didn’t hear the other states screening our residents at the borders. Need I mention the dollars being injected into the economy?
Last year 1.2 million people visited Tassie. Direct flights have enhanced that. I failed maths, English and science. Regardless, I can still calculate the end equation.
Growth in tourism equals jobs, which equates to money. You know that stuff you have to hand over every time you purchase another tacky tattoo or Star Wars T-shirt Paul?
If we start letting Queenslanders in, specifically ones from the Gold Coast, we are really opening up Pandora’s Box. Gold Coasters deserve to freely enjoy Australia’s trendiest city and all it has to offer.