Out­raged tourist

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL VIEWS -

I think I saw a sign that said 'Wel­come to Air­lie Beach'...I would dis­pute this state­ment.

I visit Air­lie Beach an­nu­ally, I visit many friends, spend money in the town, go on a cruise and gen­er­ally en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence.

I'm afraid this didn't hap­pen this time. I travel in my camper­van and stay with friends in my van on their lawn. On the July 28, 2014 I met my friends at a lo­cal bar/bistro and we had a fine old evening, lots of fun and I didn't drive my van for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, blood al­co­hol greater than .05. So I did the right thing and stayed at my friends house and re­turned early in the morn­ing to have my break­fast, en­joy the view and get on with my day. Not to be. There on my wind­screen is an in­fringe­ment no­tice for 'camp­ing in a lo­cal Govern­ment area'. $227. A rather dis­grace­ful method of rev­enue rais­ing for WSC.

This story will travel far and wide with a mes­sage, 'Don't visit Air­lie Beach'.

Other places do not treat tourists this way.

Timi Por­teus TAS­MA­NIA

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