From the ed­i­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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