From the editor's desk
THE opening of Airlie’s main street in both directions this week marks the end of a very expensive, long-awaited project.
The upgrade is certainly positive for Airlie and our region but it caused disruption for more than 12 months and it is now hoped that businesses in the main street will start to reap the benefits.
It is hoped that the many people who have been avoiding the main street will now head into town once again, enjoy the atmosphere and shop at the local businesses. On another matter... The Whitsunday Regional Council has announced it will be holding public forums over the next two weeks to explain the new rates and charges.
The most controversial of these is the new water charges. Essentially, it is now a user pay system. Most ratepayers who have already paid their rates probably haven’t noticed a big change.
We all knew rates were going to go up and that council is in a difficult financial situation.
However, it will be when ratepayers receive their water bills that they will notice the biggest difference
As water meters are read every six months, that bill is not expected to arrive until after Christmas.
Part of the reason for the new charging system is to encourage people to conserve water.
If you don’t want to receive a big water bill, you will certainly need to do that.
If you want to know more about the charges, you can attend the public forums being organised by Council.
They will be held in the next two weeks and details are on the front page today.