Letters to the ed­i­tor

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -


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

Ad­ver­tis­ing signs

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

Great vol­un­teers

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

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