New service station
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