New ser­vice sta­tion

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

I WAS dis­ap­pointed that none of your read­ers seemed an­noyed enough to write about the pro­posal for a sec­ond Shell Ser­vice Sta­tion within the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre (Whit­sun­day Times Fe­bru­ary 13, 2014). Small busi­ness in this area has a big enough strug­gle sur­viv­ing on our limited pop­u­la­tion with­out adding an ex­tra low-mar­gin busi- ness in op­po­si­tion to an ex­ist­ing one. This will se­ri­ously af­fect the vi­a­bil­ity of the ex­ist­ing Shell servo less than 1km from the shop­ping cen­tre. This busi­ness is op­er­ated by friendly lo­cal people who spend their money in this area. Coles “fur­phy” about in­creased jobs demon­strates, like all new businesses opened by multi-na­tion­als, to­tal dis­re­gard for the num­ber of jobs lost by their com­pany - fi­nanced com­pe­ti­tion to small owner-op­er­ated busi­ness.

I am also con­cerned about the traf­fic dis­rup­tion in and out of this lo­ca­tion “be­hind the Red Rooster” - pre­sum­ably us­ing the same ac­cess as that used by the busi­ness cen­tre and shop­ping cen­tre clients ap­proach­ing from Air­lie Beach/Ju­bilee that al­ready has to have two stop signs which is an even big­ger nightmare at school’s in and out times. Eric Bot­tle AIR­LIE BEACH

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