Lay off council
I READ the letters to the editor every week and, I am sure like most readers, laugh and scoff at the nonsense people write about. I’m going to have a little rant. One thing that this town is particularly bad for is the number of people who bag council and developers just for something to do.
Take, for example, the letter regarding graffiti on the Chinatown fence. Alan Beverstock says “it is an indictment on the way things are run by this council”. How does a lone graffiti vandal make it council’s fault? If you look around here, the amount of graffiti is minimal compared to other towns and the council does a good job cleaning it off public areas like the skate park.
I certainly don’t think that a fence that cost $150,000 is a cheaply constructed fence Alan. Most developers would put mesh wire and some banners that blow over in the first 25-knot wind. There are plans for the fence so let’s not jump to conclusions.
I was surprised to read Dennis Mundle’s letter and the suggestion to purchase the 10 acres next to the Terraces and build a hotel. Once again people are making assumptions that you can build on the side of a hill and make it viable after spending $10 millionplus on the purchase. It’s unlikely to happen unless you have very big kahunas and are prepared to roll the dice.
As far as I am aware the new town plan has been on the radar for many years and has nothing to do with the Chinese coming to town. Another assumption.
It seems like the councillors who were in favour of the heights are now changing their mind. My guess is people have suggested they will or won’t get votes at the 2016 election. It’s a pity that the future of Airlie Beach will be very slow and like a retirement village, which some people want.
I do wonder what the feeling around town would be if the people who wanted business and growth in Airlie wrote as many letters to the editor as the people against it. Don’t get me wrong. I am not for 12 storeys in Airlie. I don’t think many people are. But to keep it at four storeys, as some councillors are now possibly going to agree to, will stunt the future of Airlie Beach for years.
Well done to council on the progress of the airport. This is the single biggest positive for the region for many, many years. I am not sure what Brian Magill from Bowen is talking about, suggesting the airport will only be beneficial to Airlie Beach business owners, developers and island resorts. What the? Have you not heard about the exporting benefits Bowen will enjoy from seafood and fruit and vegetables, Brian? I am sure a lot of Bowen residents would love to fly overseas from Proserpine.
I have not spoken to one single person who cannot see the benefit of the airport to the region. Not sure what is going on around there in Bowen, Brian, but it’s very obvious to me that the whole region will benefit. Perhaps this is another attempt to discredit the current council so you can get a Bowen mayor.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am sick to death of the Airlie v Bowen bull**** that comes around these days. It’s worse than the Liberals v Labor. Pathetic, really, how petty everyone has become these days. Unfortunately the election and town plan has coincided together.
Now before we get the “you are only saying this because you are a real estate agent and lining your pockets” nonsense regarding development in the town, everyone will benefit from the airport and development in the area.
One final comment please...I can’t believe the amount of whingers in the paper complaining about how much the councillors and mayor get paid. Seriously, anyone half good enough wouldn’t put up with the 24/7 nonsense that these guys do. My suggestion is to pay the mayor $300,000-plus a year, councillors $150,000 and you watch the successful businesspeople line up for the next election. Mark Beale Cannonvale