Re­sponse

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

IT WAS with great dis­ap­point­ment that I read Paul Dar­rouzet’s state­ment in the pa­per two weeks ago (front page Whit­sun­day Times, De­cem­ber 5, 2013).

While a code of con­duct may be a pos­i­tive step for Abell Point Ma­rina and Air­lie Beach, I was hu­mil­i­ated at the ref­er­ences he made to ma­rina work­ers.

‘De­gen­er­ate, drugged, drunk, dullards’ are some of the words he used, and if his in­tent was to dis­em­power and dis­en­fran­chise a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the com­mu­nity, he has suc­ceeded.

Not only has he in­sulted hard work­ing, hon­est peo­ple in the Whit­sun­days, he has brought doubt and shame to lots of hard work­ing mums, dads, trained pro­fes­sion­als, young peo­ple en­ter­ing the work­force and gen­er­ally good peo­ple. While I'm young, I've lived in this town for 20 years and have seen the im­pact of good busi­ness prac­tises im­ple­mented to im­prove the ma­rina work­force.

Com­mer­cial skip­pers take great pride in their work, and in my opin­ion, so do most peo­ple at the ma­rina, from clean­ers, to re­tail and bar staff, to the own­ers of the com­pa­nies that work out of there.

Mr Dar­rouzet, I ask you to treat us with the same re­spect you de­mand from us. And for the record, an empty ma­rina has tra­di­tion­ally been a good thing in Air­lie Beach, it means all the boats are work­ing, hos­tels and ho­tels are full, and bars and cafes are pump­ing. Here's to an empty ma­rina this hol­i­day pe­riod.

An­drew Jenkin CAN­NON­VALE

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