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