WHO cares if it’s eight storeys, 12 storeys or 20 storeys? It’s only Airlie Beach. Most of us locals don’t live there anyway – and we only go in occasionally to use the place like a tourist.
If some developer wants to build that high because they can’t make it work economically in Airlie at a lower height – which I fully understand, tell them to build somewhere cheaper like Proserpine or Bowen. With none of this silly anti-development nonsense in those places they would be welcomed with open arms.
Also – has anyone noticed (on TV weather reports etc) that Airlie is not recognised as “the Whitsundays” any more – Hamilton Island is. It is shown as the feature “town” for the Whitsundays. Hamilton residents have been actively trying to do this for years and no one on the mainland has tried to keep this iconic name. I suppose it doesn’t matter too much – Airlie is just a backpacker and service town to the privately owned Whitsunday islands.
David Thomas Cannonvale