Letters to the editor
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,
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,
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,