Ab­bot Point

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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