AS MANY of you know we held an exceptional reunion of the Pioneers of Airlie Beach in June.
This wonderful day unearthed many treasures from our past which should not be allowed to be buried in garages and attics and eventually lost forever, so my energies will be now focused on the building of a cultural exhibition centre for Airlie Beach.
A few weeks ago I wrote to the mayor and councillors of the Whitsunday Regional Council asking them to ear mark the large block of land next to the old bus shelter down from the Sailing Club as the site for the new centre.
As yet I have not heard back from them so I thought I would write this letter to you all to get some feed-back and support.
We are no longer a small fishing village. We have grown and are an entity unto ourselves. Our history even though it started in the 60’s/70’s must be retained.
There are so many boats and people that the new generation do not know that should be recorded in our history as they were the ones to start the day trips to our wonderful Whitsunday islands which started the rapid growth of Airlie Beach as a world-wide destination.
We need a special building for these memoirs that literally filled the tables and walls at the reunion but we also need this building for the wonderful art work that our artists produce regularly as well as a place for potters and craftsman to display their work.
I am sure as a community we should be able to raise the funds to build this unique attraction as we did our wonderful lagoon.
The first step is the land which in my opinion must be in Airlie and the block I think would be absolutely ideal would be the one already mentioned.
It could be built at an angle to get the views and high set with storage underneath and there is plenty of parking and it is in easy walking distance of the town.
We desperately need another land based attraction for the thousands of tourists that visit our town especially with the influx of even more cruise boats arriving almost weekly.
I look forward to hearing from you all.
DALE HELL AIRLIE BEACH