Where do you stand?
IT IS certainly upsetting to watch the manoeuvrings of the mayor and a minority on the council to ignore the community's objections to increased building heights and the many questions about the financial arrangements around Mr Wang's Chinatown proposal.
The unrelenting promotion of these changes should not go unchallenged and we urge the community to demand that anyone running for office must spell out their stand on these issues.
Most of the vested interests involved in these damaging ideas attack anyone against them as being "anti-jobs" or against development, when nothing could be further from the truth.
High-rises will destroy Airlie's unique destination attraction forever and break many existing business with the resultant over-supply of cheap accommodation.
The Chinatown proposal will be in direct competition with the main street, which is already experiencing at least 20% vacancies, and it will introduce a type of mass tourism that will not benefit the special ambiance and attraction of Airlie to people from all over the world, including domestic tourists.
And the ratepayers could be losing millions of dollars if the council accepts a low price for the Waterson Way property, even without the suspect attempt to increase the building heights.
The community has made its objections well known, with close to 1000 objections being submitted to the planning department in less than two weeks after the sham public consultation.
Do not be fooled by unsubstantiated claims of jobs or occupancies by the proponents of these changes.
We must have public forums where the community can hear and question the various candidates, and they must not be allowed to hide behind slogans that mean nothing in reality. Jonathan Peter Airlie Beach