No se­cu­rity at taxi rank in Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THERE will be no se­cu­rity mar­shalls at the taxi rank in Air­lie Beach any­more – ex­cept for 20 days of spe­cial events or pub­lic hol­i­days per year.

The de­ci­sion to cut the sub­sidised se­cu­rity to taxi ranks is ex­pected to im­pact on both cus­tomer and driver safety and the gen­eral man­ager of Mackay Whit­sun­day Taxis Gary But­ton said he would con­tinue to lobby the state gov­ern­ment.

“Mackay Whit­sun­day Taxis has been, along with other key stake­hold­ers, sub­si­dis­ing se­cu­rity be­yond that which is as­signed by the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads. The amount we fund alone comes to in ex­cess of $75,000 per year for the Mackay Whit­sun­day Taxi ser­vice area and like most other busi­nesses in the re­gion, we are feel­ing the pinch and sim­ply can­not af­ford to sup­port it any­more,” Mr But­ton said.

“The taxi in­dus­try stake­hold­ers al­ready pay a levee for se- cure ranks and this will con­tinue how­ever, we just can­not ask our op­er­a­tors to dig into their pock­ets any­more.

“Sure driv­ers earn an in­come from pro­vid­ing a trans­port ser­vice, but there are plenty of other busi­nesses that profit from nightlife,” Mr But­ton said.

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