AS A former extremist myself I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Mr Christensen for opening my eyes and realising the opportunities ahead.
By fast tracking the development of both Abbott Point and Hay Point, we are now having the unique chance of creating more jobs for the next few years along with more monies in the coffers. Therefore it is quite understandable that green tape and other formalities like independently verified impact studies that might take into account basic things such as tidal drift, sea currents and its likes should be avoided.
Yes, dumping of millions of cubic metres of dredge within the Marine Park can have a slight effect on the water quality, like drastically reduced water visibility, and affecting coral and marine life, but that is a small price to pay for prosperity.
There are other ways to get rid of the dredge, but none as cheap. For the sake of job opportunities and more monies in the next few years I’m sure it will be well worth it.
Yes, it might cost us UNESCO’s listing of the Great Barrier Reef on the World Heritage List but as you have said, George, they are not Australians so why should we care? Why not go one step further George and abolish the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park altogether?
Without the limitations of a national park imagine the possibilities – oil exploration on the reef, silica mining on Whitehaven Beach, unlimited dumping of dredge, Georgie boy, we are sitting on the proverbial gold mine.
My visions for the Whitsundays, inspired by your rhetoric George, is coal freighters and oil tankers from Bowen in the north all the way to Mackay.
The local community could cash in on this even further with more bars and restaurants and maybe even a few brothels to cater for the hard working sailors and miners. Even more job opportunities for the sons and daughters of our region.
With marine tourism disappearing new opportunities will emerge; mine tours and a chance to frolic in coal dust will hold a great appeal for the discerning international tourist. George, we could start marketing Mackay already as the “little town with big city appeal – air quality worse than Brisbane”!
George Christensen, we are the envy of the nation to have someone of your vision to represent us.
Future generations of Dawsonites will be proud. Gosta Ehrnst AIRLIE BEACH