Letters to the editor
Buses and taxis
THE person that you advise is raising a petition to ban buses from our main street is obviously unaware that the purpose of a thoroughfare is to provide access to various businesses and other activities, and not for the purpose of providing eating facilities for persons not using a bus. Conversely I would like to raise a petition to restore a bus stop to each end of main street instead of only one in the middle. My wife and I not being as mobile as we used to be regard the new layout of main street as not being user friendly and somewhat limiting in our ventures to come ‘down town’ in the bus to enjoy a meal with wine instead of driving. And we are not the only person in this community who have disability problems.
The absence of taxis in their previous clearly visible location is yet another example of how this town which regards itself as a tourist resort has not the slightest idea of what tourists, or even their own residents need. The new tourist terminal in its new faraway location, not serviced by the local bus or taxi phone, is yet another example.
Keep the buses where they service people and let those discerning eaters dine elsewhere. Graham Wyatt CANNONVALE
NOW that the main street upgrade has been completed we see the Council moving again to increase revenue from our community.
I have talked to the relevant personnel at the Council to confirm that there is no paid parking in Collinsville, no paid parking in Bowen, no paid parking in Proserpine, no paid parking in Cannonvale; all the paid parking in our region is only in Airlie Beach, and they intend to expand those charges to include again the temporary car park by the lagoon and now Coconut Grove, next to the public markets.
With Airlie still suffering from low tourist numbers and the high Aussie dollar, this clear money grab aimed at the tourists, our ailing industry, should not be allowed to go ahead.
Nothing turns off visitors more quickly than the impression that they are being targeted for extra fees and can do nothing in town without paying, again and again; and paid parking and the sub- sequent fines are extremely offputting.
This focus on Airlie for these extra charges will certainly hurt the recovery on the main street and cost residents here, who should be issued with parking permits if the Council persists in going ahead with this discriminatory policy. Make your opposition to this heard at Council. Jonathan Peter WHITSUNDAYS
LAST week’s petition by 130 Airlie Beach businesses to sign a pledge to protect the Great Barrier Reef on the back of the millions of “click-tivism” greenies across the globe in a similar uninformed emotional manner, has concerned many of us within the Whitsunday region.
Many Whitsunday businesses cannot believe that this has been done in isolation of the majority of business who support the expansion. This group calling themselves Businesses United for Reef Protection inc, calling for no further dredging until there is a full understanding of the cumulative impact of past, present and future events needs to look at the research that has already been done. Go to the Bowen supports BAP Expansion FB webpage for a start https://www.facebook.com/ groups/510744352332665/ and look at the Government and peer reviewed scientific reports listed their over the past six months and the true threats to GBR. Talk to the Bowen Tourism manager Paul Mclaughlin (a “fisherman” too).
There are literally thousands of input here from scientific reports to the practical dredging analysis by a local plumber. He defused the argument by fisherman overnight with his calculation that the 3 million tonnes of sea bed material shifted from one part of the ocean floor at Bowen, 40km from the GBR to another part of the ocean again 40km from the GBR was probably a few hours of the silt volumes picked up by trawlers working in this area over the last 50+ decades. No-where in the peer reviewed threats to the GBR has dredging or trawling ever been sited. Rather agricultural runoff, crown of thorns starfish and cyclones amount to over 90% of the scientific reported threats. Whilst I’m sure Airlie Beach business are sincere in their motifs to protect their livelihood, unlike the unashamed Greenie use of the GBF as a Trojan horse to stop coal exports, I strongly suggest they look at the concerned responses from Whitsunday businesses on my FB posting of this. Research this far more deeply before putting the whole Whitsundays economic development at risk with their petition. John Barnes BOWEN
WHEN businesses unite against something they should really look behind themselves to be sure nothing will bite them in their Assets.
I find it absolutely ridiculous that the local marine industry would attempt to get behind a badly informed and misleading campaign to stop the expansion of the Coal Terminals. Why is it ridiculous? Well, around ten years ago environmental agencies attempted to enforce the end of the dumping of raw sewerage into our pristine reefs. Now this could have created a few jobs and ended the dumping of over a million litres of raw sewerage onto our pristine reefs each year.
Now we are not just talking about the macerated remains of the end of our intestinal fortitude, we are also talking about all the different chemicals that go into keeping the smell down while it is in the vessels holding tanks. So where did I pull these magic numbers from, well from the bareboat industries own investment information packs.
Now I will admit that these numbers are a bit of a guess, but stay with me here, in the Whitsundays you have over 200 bareboats, each of those boats has a sewerage holding tank of around 50 litres. That is ten thousand litres of raw sewerage floating around the islands, now according to investment packages, the industry works on an average of 150 working for each vessel every year. That’s one and a half million litres of raw sewerage dumped into the pristine waters of the Whitsundays every year. Now I don’t know about you, but I think that the local habitats will cope with the movement of pristine seabed from one place to another place of exactly the same make up, much better than they will with the dumping of 1.5 million litres of raw excrement and chemicals. And could this all have been avoided, of course it could, but the local marine industry said it would be Prohibitively Expensive, amazing how that term is ok for them to use when it will effect their back pocket. Oh and don’t bother replying if all you will say is that the tourists are told to dump their shite a kilometre out to sea, because I have spent too many days in Nara Inlet and Whitehaven Beach to know they don’t listen to that one. Greg Denyer SUNSHINE COAST
AS A resident of Cannonvale for the past 14 years, I would like to commend a local Proserpine business for their outstanding service since my first encounter several months ago.
From assisting me with work wear to sizing my son up for a suit for his upcoming formal, Steve from Climate Classic Clothing is an excellent example of a gentleman and a businessman with a friendly "nothing is too much trouble" attitude.
If Steve doesn't have what you require in stock, he will promptly source it and at prices that are very comparable or if not better than suppliers from the larger populated cities.
His co-partner Janine is also a very lovely lady, supplying formal wear for the ladies.
Thanks Steve. Your business acumen is an example for all to set their standards by. Christine Dittmann CANNONVALE
AFTER a long, expensive and rather difficult construction period, our beautiful new main street is finally complete.
With a sense of pride and anticipation I recently took a stroll to enjoy it up close – just as our valued visitors see it.
My joy turned to disgust as I dodged the filth that was ground into the beautiful new paving outside the stores – vomit, cigarette butts, food spills.
It certainly beggars belief - and I wonder just what planet our main street traders are on. Across the globe - throughout the millennia - retailers have recognised that they have one chance to make a good first impression. You’ll see the world over - shop owners tidying up, sweeping and hosing pavement outside of their shops as the first job of the day. Not so our Airlie Beach main street traders. What a shame and an embarrassment. Catherin Zanevra SHUTE HARBOUR