Chi­nese in­vest­ment

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

A BIT of ad­vice to the Chi­nese con­sor­tium who have lodged a sub­mis­sion with the Queens­land Govern­ment to be con­sid­ered for a re­gional casino re­sort li­cence in the Whit­sun­days.

Your sketch draw­ings for me­dia re­lease in­di­cate what looks like a typ­i­cal casino com­plex in any cap­i­tal city. We are not a cap­i­tal city. We are a world renowned tourist re­gion branded as Whit­sun­days Great Bar­rier Reef Aus­tralia.

Dual tow­ers around 16 or 17 sto­ries are not re­flec­tive of our sen­sa­tional world lo­ca­tion.

It is a poor sub­mis­sion and in no way comes close to meet­ing any rea­son­able plan­ning guide­lines par­tic­u­larly for a coastal lo­ca­tion as de­picted in your draw­ings.

There are many hur­dles to jump through to get re­gional ap­proval and you must do bet­ter if you are se­ri­ous about get­ting govern­ment and com­mu­nity sup­port to progress your project in our re­gion.

A vi­sion has to have a wow fac­tor and what we have seen so far has no wow what­so­ever.

The Whit­sun­days are not the Gold Coast and your sub­mis­sion may have a bet­ter fit there.

Your feel for our re­gion is way off track.

Please tear up those plans and find yourself an eco friendly ar­chi­tect if you wish to win over com­mu­nity sup­port.

We do wel­come large vi­sion­ary project com­merce in the Whit­sun­days but please do not dis­re­spect our friendly na­ture and take our com­mu­nity for granted. Jim Jarvis CANNONVALE

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