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