Letters to the editor
THE vocal minority against Abbot Point’s dredging are misguided. The amount dredged would have about the same effect as dumping a semi trailer load of sand in the Sahara Desert. These fanatical protestors are dead against coal mining or any other form of mining. It is obvious by their silence when other ports from Cairns south to the border are dredged, not a word is said, there have been substantial amounts moved with little effect on the reef ecology. Daily, we have tourist operators and mariners in general going about their professions or sports, emitting two stroke exhaust and millions of minute particles of diesel soot into the reef, but I do not believe they should stop what they are doing. You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs and people have to make a living. After World War Two, the American and the French used nuclear bombs in the Bikini and Muroroa Atolls in the Pacific and the reefs regrew as they do after a volcano, which is thousands of times more powerful than manmade nuclear bombs. The same sorts of people that want no dredging are like the mob that brought Tasmania to absolute bankruptcy and poverty.
Whether Abbot gets made into a bigger port I do not know, but I do know it will be dredged just as our main highways get upgraded when traffic increases overtime. I don’t mind people’s right to protest as long as they use their own time and money. Issues that need attention and destruction of mangroves and severe coastal erosion from the Gold Coast to the far north coast and the other major world problem of oceans being used as a garbage dump. Sadly non of these issues attract the media or our compassionate politicians. Ivan Ivanoff STRATHDICKIE No trust
TRUST US. I write in reference to the words used by the wholly owned government company North Queensland Bulk Ports spokeswoman Mary Steele in last weeks paper ( Whitsunday Times, April 10). "Trust us". Congratulations and well done for bringing this issue to the surface.
This is exactly the heart and soul of the problem and as a community we feel that we can no longer afford to invest in trusting you.
Trusting our government and public servants to act in our best interest is fool’s gold.
This is why we gather on the street, this is why we ask the people in the community to come out and join us, because we know in our hearts and souls that our Government cannot be trusted.
There are no if's, no buts and no maybes.
It's our money and we want you to protect our environment and clean up the mess you make on our behalf.
You have demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that as our partners in life, you cannot be trusted. Patrick von Stieglitz AIRLIE BEACH Cafe closing
UNFORTUNATELY the Shute Harbour Café and Bar has had to close its doors.
It has served the community and the Whitsundays well for many years. Thanks to my wonderful staff, suppliers and most importantly, the many customers both locally and from afar for all their wonderful support.
I apologise for the suddenness and timing of the closure but sometimes you just have to draw a line in the sand.
Look out for a last big splash in a few weeks to send the Café and Bar off properly and as a reminder of what the wonderful Shute Harbour has to offer. Rob Turner SHUTE HARBOUR CAFE AND BAR Playing games
A SMALL percentage of residents are playing games with the next generation’s future.
We have lost Toyota, we have lost Holden, we have lost Ford, we nearly lost SPC and there are reports that mining is slowing in WA, then on top of that this; a small percentage of people in our region are jeopardising growth, jobs and the future of our children in our area by reckless protests attempting to stop a multi-million-dollar investment at Abbot Point.
Despite numerous insurances by experts that the reef will not be effected by the Abbot Point project this small percentage have choose not to listen.
Nutrients from human waste, food stuffs and oily bilge water being discharged from vessels in the Whitsunday area are killing the corals that make up the reef. There are rules and regulations to stop discharging from vessels, however these rules are widely ignored and difficult to police.
I am quite surprised that this small protest group did not make their presence felt whilst the Dent Island and Port of Airlie projects were taking place.
Both are a credit to our region and have encouraged tourists and visitors to stay longer.
The Lagoon, Hayman Island, Abel Point and Hamilton Island have required reclaiming land and/or dredging without the technology and know-how that will be used at Abbot Point. The slightest indication that damage is being done to the coral and their permits will be cancelled, so why not let other people get on with living and attempt to clean up the tourism damage in your own back yard. Philip Tovey STRATHDICKIE Election promises
In the lead up to the last Council elections, Kevin Collins gained popularity with a street parade and a boat ramp protest to demand the VMR boat ramp (opposite the Police Station) be fixed.
Unfortunately Mr Collins apparently lost his passion to fix the boat ramp when he was elected as a Councillor. Two years on and nothing has happened and not a word about it since the protest.
I hope we don’t have idle promises from any of the new candidates to fix the ramp that probably can’t be fixed anyway as it was originally built in the wrong location. Phil Horan AIRLIE BEACH
NOT wasting words on Moscato/Plowman's blind Mayoral allegiance’ ("Destabilization"; "Mayor's right" ( Whitsunday Times, April 10), I wondered though if either wrote Cr. Collin’s script for his (10/4) council spray.
John's "pure hatred" remark is nonsense.
My comments always refer back to an analysis of council’s own financial and QLD audit reports, clearly showing incompetence. This, along with many other failings of their own making, has helped gain traction for over 3000 signatures on a WRRA petition to remove an incapable council. Many times I've asked John to view this analysis. He's declined. Yes John, $80m of overspends and lost NDRRA grants is already an unacceptable $ legacy for my 11 year old son and other ratepayers children and grandchildren. Let's review two points of your rant.
1) John says the $300,000 purchase of tractors from the Mayor's husband's business is ok as it was completed by the previous CEO in Oct (as he didn't leave till Nov 2012). No John, a full council shouldn’t have remained silent on this unethical purchase and your script writer is wrong. The previous CEO was replaced by the current CEO as acting CEO from his Sept holidays, remaining on "project" duties until a Nov finish.
2) John whines of “constant bagging of council” starting with (my) financial analysis, moving to another's "Lose the levy" campaign and community complaints of zero consultation over the water tariff. John says "no matter what this council does it will never be right".
Yes John, council’s $80m record is so damning, how can you recover? The CFO’s bluster to my question of why $42m+ cash ($32m+ not including $10m loan), after a "chicken-little, exhausted cash” bleat duping Treasury into $25m emergency loans just 2 months earlier, unnecessarily punishing ratepayers, is another example Crisafulli needs to answer at our promised WRRA meeting. John W Barnes BOWEN