Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to the re­cent Reef Fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers, spon­sors and sup­port­ers.

Wasn’t it fab­u­lous to see Air­lie come alive with a won­der­ful range of events and fun!

For the com­mit­tee, mem­bers and sup­port­ers of com­mu­nity group Save Our Fore­shore (SOF), it was a joy to see the pub­lic open space of the la­goon fore­shore carpark be­ing used (again) for such a great event. Es­pe­cially as this pub­lic space has been the tar­get of not just one (2004), but two (2011) at­tempts to com­mer­cial­ize and hand over to de­vel­op­ers. Not sur­pris­ingly, de­spite lo­cal and state govern­ment back­ing for th­ese land grabs, our com­mu­nity said a re­sound­ing “no” and saved this pre­cious piece of pub­lic fore­shore for pub­lic recre­ation and en­joy­ment.

For new­com­ers to the Whit­sun­days, the la­goon carpark is zoned for pub­lic park­land, not for pri­vate de­vel­op­ment. It is only be­ing used as a carpark un­til ap­pro­pri­ate park­ing is pro­vided else­where.

To the many SOF sup­port­ers who, since 2004, have marched, protested, signed pe­ti­tions, given do­na­tions, danced at the fab­u­lous Ball on the Beach fundrais­ing event and con­trib­uted in some way, you can’t be thanked enough for your part in keep­ing this piece of Air­lie’s fore­shore in pub­lic hands.

We look for­ward to the day, and it’s now much closer than even be­fore; when the ugly gap in our unique fore­shore can be­come the beau­ti­ful green heart of Air­lie Beach. Suzette Pelt PRES­I­DENT SAVE OUR FORE­SHORE

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