New cen­tre

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

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

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