Letters to the editor
I HAVE lived in Airlie Beach most of my life and am the owner/ director of Paint Place Whitsunday.
I would like to thank the Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce for their excellent Airlie Beach activity resort guide and all the volunteers that have made this a great success. It is great to see people who are so commited to the area and spreading the word that the Whitsundays is the best place to visit.
We are very lucky to live here. I am looking forward to helping out and seeing the next activity guide for the next holiday program that I believe will be even better. Well done Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce. Natalie Lock WHITSUNDAYS
OVER the years, the streets in our beautiful region have progressively become littered with advertising signs erected on building walls, windows, fences and roofs.
There have been some community objections, such as the scaling down of the McDonald’s sign in the Airlie Beach main street, but on the whole, we have tolerated domination of our streetscapes with such advertising.
With the apparent absence of regulation by our council, the worst example to date of visually offensive signage has been erected at the recently-expanded storage facility in Shute Harbour Road, Jubilee Pocket – a blight on the natural beauty of the area and an affront to all who pass by. There is a place for discrete, limited and proportional advertising but without a proper council policy with a regulatory framework to protect the visual amenity of our environment, our streets and roadways will continue to degenerate and the special character of our region which we and the many visitors to our area love, will be lost.
If any reader shares these views please discuss them with your council representative. Graeme Douglas SHUTE HARBOUR
WE WOULD like to say a big thank you to the newly formed Airlie Chamber of Commerce for their hard work putting the school holiday programme together.
We have had a great response to our ice cream eating competition with a lot of laughs in a fantastic new street, we have even had adults join in.
There has been a positive response to the programme and we have heard nothing but praise and the smile on the kids faces is enough to continue to embrace the concept, all we need now is buskers to bring in a carnival experience especially on boat days. Come on Airlie, stand up and embrace this, it's a new beginning. It's our town it's time to make it a global hit.
The COC along with public strength and fresh ideas will help develope this, and Cannonvale come and see our new street it's looking pretty good. Megan Stenning NEW ZEALAND NATURAL
I HAVE just experienced an amazing commitment by a bunch of volunteers and would like to make this public.
As we draw to the end of the footy, soccer, netball season for our kids we will all have been touched by the army of volun- teers that it takes to put on these seasons of sports and activities at all levels.
Over the past few weeks, I have witnessed one of the most dedicated groups of volunteers at the Whitsunday Motor Sports Park, which has recently hosted the Australian Super Motard Championships, and this weekend the Queensland Karting Closed titles.
Now to get these events completed there have been many volunteer hours from club members, but the commitment shown by six individuals has really stood out to me. I would like to thank and congratulate Adam and Tracey Stroud, Stacy and Amanda Hadlow and Marty and Kate Taylor. The countless hours this crew has put in, is rewarded by the fantastic success both events have proved to be.
I know from personal experience that this commitment can feel thankless and unappreciated from past club involvement, but please accept this letter as confirmation your commitment and all volunteers is not unappreciated and is greatly valued.
Thanks for a great event. Terry Archer CANNONVALE