Let­ters to the edi­tor

Whitsunday Times - - VIEWS -

Re­cy­cling

WHY is a com­mu­nity that is so for­ward-fo­cused on con­ser­va­tion and preser­va­tion not pro­vided with the op­tion to re­cy­cle?

Since we are ac­tive mem­bers in the tourism in­dus­try, in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors con­stantly ask us this ques­tion and we are em­bar­rassed to in­form them that it is not pro­vided.

Australia is sec­ond to the United States as the high­est pro­ducer of waste per per­son in the world. On av­er­age each year, Aus­tralians throw out 330kg of pa­per, 552 alu­minium cans, 118kg plas­tic, 74kg met­als, 414kg food, and 206 glass bot­tles and jars – all of which are re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als.

With 30,000 per­ma­nent res­i­dents cur­rently in the Whit­sun­day re­gion, and 800,000 tourists vis­it­ing an­nu­ally, you do the maths. Be­ing a com­mu­nity that pushes our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and re­lies on it for the lo­cal econ­omy, we are not only em­bar­rassed but ashamed at our own ig­no­rance and our coun­cil’s lack of ini­tia­tive. Polly and Ash­leigh Muller,

Can­non­vale

Anti-rub­bish

WRAD and the Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety – the sup­posed anti- dump­ing / anti-rub­bish peo­ple have left their rub­bish posters over any­thing they could stick them to – all around our beau­ti­ful town.

And (lo­cal boat op­er­a­tors) con­tinue to dump their sewage di­rectly into the pris­tine wa­ters of the Whit­sun­days, where baby tur­tles, whales, dugongs and our own kids like to play.

Shame on you. Fin Forbes, Can­non­vale

Is­sue of trust

ON MON­DAY in Mackay, the CEO of Adani pub­licly stated that jobs for the Carmichael project would be 100% fly-in fly-out, and that it would not pri­ori­tise jobs for lo­cals.

This comes af­ter Adani would only ad­mit the truth about job num­bers of­fered by its pro­posal in a court of law.

Un­der oath Adani was forced to ad­mit that a to­tal of only just over 1400 jobs were on of­fer – not the 10,000 it trum­peted pre­vi­ously.

Adani is a for­eign com­pany that will not pay cor­po­rate tax, and any profit will be taken off­shore.

It has mis­led us about job avail­abil­ity, which begs the ques­tion – what else has it mis­led us about?

Vil­lagers in In­dia, where Adani has an atro­cious en­vi­ron­men­tal record, have long warned Australia not to trust the prom­ises of this com­pany. It seems they could be right.

Why should we trust the fu­ture health of The Great Bar­rier Reef – the only living struc­ture you can see from space and a na­tional trea­sure – to such a com­pany that treats us with contempt. San­dra Wil­liams,

Air­lie Beach

Public graf­fiti

TO THE peo­ple who plas­tered their Com­mon­wealth Bank reef what­ever-they-are stick­ers all over the road signs and lights around town, there are other ways to pro­mote your mis­sions rather than graf­fiti on public prop­erty. Coun­cil should make you re­move it and fine you for lit­ter­ing public ar­eas.

Most likely it’s up to the coun­cil to pay some­one to re­move it, and this means tax­pay­ers’ money. Mark Beale,

Prin­ci­pal, Ray White Whit­sun­day

Piece of his­tory

I READ with in­ter­est the front page of last week’s Whit­sun­day Times in re­la­tion to the new whale-watch­ing ven­ture which is about to com­mence.

While I ap­plaud the new ven­ture, I would like to cor­rect one of the state­ments.

It will cer­tainly not be the first ded­i­cated whale-watch­ing cruise in the Whit­sun­days.

I be­lieve that hon­our goes to Fan­tasea Cruises. In the early 1990s, Fan­tasea Cruises com­menced ded­i­cated whale-watch­ing cruises in the Whit­sun­days, usu­ally us­ing the ves­sel Quick Cat Two, which now op­er­ates with Cruise Whit­sun­days as the ves­sel Sea­horse.

It was a full day cruise from Abell Point Ma­rina with lunch pro­vided on­board and pick-ups made at Day­dream Is­land as well as Hamil­ton Is­land.

At that time it was be­lieved that there were only about 1700 hump­back whales mi­grat­ing along the coast, and each day we would have a spotter plane work­ing for us to help lo­cate the whales.

If whales were not spot­ted on the cruise, Fan­tasea Cruises of­fered an­other cruise free of charge.

Un­for­tu­nately, it is a piece of Whit­sun­day his­tory that re­search by the new op­er­a­tors has been un­able to find. Den­nis Mun­dle,

Ju­bilee Pocket

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