From the editor's desk
THE news this week that the Abbott Point expansion has been approved by the Federal Government has been met with a mixed reaction in the community.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt says the approval has very strict environmental conditions.
Some local tourist operators believe that even with strict conditions, dredging should not occur and nothing should be approved that has the potential to damage the Great Barrier Reef.
Other people see it as an economic boost for the region that will see more job security.
The other big announcement this week was the State Government’s approval of the marina development at Shute Harbour – and this has also been met with mixed reactions.
Some people don’t believe Shute Harbour should be developed and are concerned about the environmental impacts.
Others are simply concerned about the economic viability of such a project given that we already have two marinas in town which have both previously gone into administration.
Time will tell whether or not that development goes ahead and whether or not it’s viable. Given we have had some difficult economic times in recent years in the Whitsundays, there are certainly a lot of things in the pipeline that point to a better economic future.
We just need to ensure this is all done sensibly and that the affect on our environment is taken into account on every development.
On another matter...
Next week, the Whitsunday Times will be published as normal on December 19.
We will then close for a week and there will be no edition of the Whitsunday
Times on Boxing Day – Thursday December 26. Publishing will return to normal on Thursday, January 2.