Busi­ness as usual in cy­clone’s wake

Whitsunday Times - - CYCLONE DYLAN - THE AFTERMATH -

THE Whit­sun­days is open for busi­ness and ready to wel­come visi­tors.

This is the mes­sage from Queens­land Premier Camp­bell New­man, Whit­sun­day mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney and the re­gion’s tourism op­er­a­tors in the wake of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Dy­lan.

In a press con­fer­ence with both lo­cal and na­tional me­dia in Air­lie Beach on Fri­day, Mr New­man said the re­gion had "dodged a bul­let" and he en­cour­aged tourists to visit.

"My mes­sage to peo­ple in­ter­state... is that the Whit­sun­days are open for busi­ness, in fact Queens- land is open for busi­ness," he said.

"Please don't stay away. The cy­clone is gone."

Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney re-it­er­ated that it was busi­ness as usual, say­ing the re­gion had "weath­ered the per­fect storm".

Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De- vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Daryl Hud­son was keen to spread the same mes­sage. He said con­di­tions were con­tin­u­ing to im­prove and it ap­peared the re­gion ex­pe­ri­enced min­i­mal dam­age.

Act­ing In­spec­tor Steve O'Con­nell of Whit­sun­day Po­lice said the Whit­sun­days had come out rel­a­tively un­scathed. He thanked the emer­gency and dis­as­ter co-or­di­na­tion ser­vices and is­sued "a gen­eral thank you to the com­mu­nity - that they lis­tened to the warn­ings and re­sponded ac­cord­ingly".

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