On your watch

Whitsunday Times - - WHIT SUNDAY VIEWS -

I AM not sur­prised that the Chi­na­town project has been slow in evolv­ing be­cause I sug­gest they may have been led to be­lieve that get­ting eight storeys ap­proved for the site would be just a sim­ple mat­ter of chang­ing the town plan.

Well wel­come to Air­lie Beach. It is not just that sim­ple be­cause the peo­ple liv­ing here have a pas­sion for their town and will de­cide the di­rec­tion in which it goes.

The mes­sage of “no high-rise for Air­lie Beach” is ring­ing loud and clear. What part of this don’t some coun­cil­lors understand? If they want to leave a legacy af­ter their time in of­fice let it be that they fought to pro­tect the unique­ness of the town and stopped high-rise de­vel­op­ment.

The burnt piece of land be­side Ter­races is for sale and a large ho­tel could be tiered up the slope and not of­fend any­one. It would cre­ate the same em­ploy­ment, is close to town and also has great views.

I can­not be­lieve that more than 10 years af­ter the huge bat­tle by the res­i­dents to save the fore­shore carpark from de­vel­op­ment we are hav­ing to go through it all again and with some of the same coun­cil­lors.

The big mes­sage to all coun­cil­lors is to be proud of the unique­ness of the low-level de­vel­op­ment in Air­lie Beach and (don’t) al­low it to get stuffed up on your watch.

Den­nis Mun­dle Ju­bilee Pocket

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