Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

Paid park­ing

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

Con­cerned

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

Ridicu­lous

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

Well done

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

Street shame

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

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