Council in reverse
THE council’s new proposal to remove coconut palms from public areas is in line with their thinking of the future of this tourist town.
We have a beach, which isn’t a beach. At low tide we have a pile of rocks and we have garbage all over the small sand area.
Now their new proposal to cut down the coconut palms would be in line with the removal of stinger nets and the removal of the pedestrian signs to give way to motor vehicles in the main street.
It’s going to be great fun travelling through the main street on schoolies visits.
A few less soirees to China to negotiate trade deals, which never eventuate and are state or federal matters, would cover the costs for all the coconuts to be removed from all the trees in public areas each season.
Perhaps the State Member could be found and asked to comment on this matter, as I am sure the State Tourism Minister will.
In the future, tourists will come to Airlie Beach to get drunk and hop on a ferry – there is nothing else here for them.
Coconut Grove will be renamed something appropriate like Whitney’s Folly or Clifford’s Close.
The amount of research that goes into councillors’ decisions which affect every ratepayer reflects on their ability to carry out the position they were elected to perform.
It will be interesting to see if the new owners of Daydream Island follow in the same fashion.
There is a saying that the people get the government that the people deserve. Where did we go wrong?
service of our local medical services within the Whitsunday region.
I recently experienced and was taken by surprise by a random dog attack in the local area of Cannonvale.
I was rushed to the Cannonvale Medical Centre where the staff introduced me immediately to the on-site medic.
My injuries were far too extensive to be looked after locally, hence the Whitsunday Ambulance Service was called and was at my bedside within a matter of approximately five minutes.
I was then transported to the Proserpine Hospital and upon my arrival was in the hands of the Emergency Medical Staff within minutes.
My wounds were analysed and were treated within the hour and I was released.
The efficiency of all involved was out of this world.
I highly commend our local medical and emergency services here in the Whitsundays.
The professionalism from all of the three services was over and above my expectations and I was so proud to be a member of the Whitsunday community having this firsthand experience dealt with in such a professional manner. Thank you to all involved. Your professionalism, your gentleness, your sense of humour and your promptness to assessing, analysing, and your analysis being true to your expectation were right on the mark.
Your duty is highly commendable and my appreciation will not explain to you in words how much your professionalism has meant to my recovery.
Thank you and regards.
stealing of any kind is wrong.
However, I feel that you sensationalised a trivial matter without any thought on how you would affect the life of a young petty thief.
I acknowledge that in the eyes of the law he is an adult.
I agree with naming and shaming criminals where we should be concerned about their behaviour.
What I do not agree with is naming and shaming a 17-yearold who stole personal lubricant because he was too embarrassed to pay for it.
It’s akin to sending convicts on a ship to Australia for stealing food when they were starving.
Okay that might be an exaggeration, but come on, put yourself in his shoes for a moment.
Yes, he stole a low-cost product but he paid for his other items.
He did not commit armed robbery, assault, use or sell drugs or drink and drive.
These are the types of people that should be named and shamed because they put the community at risk.
It seems to me that it was reported for its entertainment value rather then its relevance to the community.
Unfortunately I cannot deny I initially had a chuckle.
Then I felt guilty as I wondered what it would be like to be 17, living in a small town and having that reported in the paper about me when I had already been dealt with by the court.
PS. I really couldn’t care less who was caught urinating in public either.
Editor’s note: At present all those who receive a penalty at the Monday callover sessions of the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court are covered by the Whitsunday Times court report. catraz” for its backside aspect and light pollution at night further up the road.
We should not forget that these are the same interests that tried twice to take over our public foreshore for private benefit, and we are very interested to see where the customers of this new development, both retail and guests, will park.
The temporary car park on the foreshore must not be appropriated by default to this private hotel, as the community has demonstrated repeatedly it does not want this area to be part of any “commercial precinct”.
It should be turned into a water park, band shell or other public use space as soon as possible.
In view of this eventual and long overdue closure of this temporary car park on our public foreshore, the council should be allocating and making developers provide more parking in other areas.
The ridiculously small number of parking places at The Beacons, on the north side of the Port of Airlie, should never have been approved as it was clear it would be inadequate.
These few parking places are continuously overwhelmed by boat owner needs and beach users.
The parking areas by the Sailing Club and Coconut Grove repeatedly get overflowed by cars on market days and cruise ship visits.
Is this a fundraising ploy on the part of the council, who can ticket so many cars because of inadequate parking places in town?
Nothing puts visitors offside more quickly than the perception that they are being charged for every step they take in our tourist town, where all the paid parking exists in our region.
So when will residents/ratepayers be issued parking permits?