From the editor's desk
THE announcement by the Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen this week that he had “got it wrong” in regards to the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef marine park certainly came as a surprise to many.
Local tourism operators have expressed concern for some months about the dumping of the dredge spoil at sea. On page 15 of this week’s Whitsunday
Times, Mr Christensen has taken a full page advertisement announcing that he got it wrong and that he had started having talks with the owners of Abbot Point.
He said they have agreed to re-examine all land-based options before proceeding with any works.
This shows that people power does work and that it is worth going to politicians, with numbers, if you believe they have made the wrong decision.
There is still a lot of talks to be had in relation to the dumping of the dredge spoil but the fact that Mr Christensen has said “I got it wrong” shows that he really has listed to the tourism operators and others in the Whitsundays.
We will watch closely what happens next. On another matter... IT WAS pleasing to receive the news from Queensland Health yesterday that the man who had been hospitalised for a possible case of measles last week had tested negative.
On Friday, Queensland health issued a health alert about a possible outbreak as a result of a man, believed to have measles, attending a wedding in the Whitsunday the weekend before.
Although the tests were negative, Queensland Health recommends anyone born during or since 1966, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles, should visit their local GP to get vaccinated for measles. The vaccine is free for anyone who requires it.