Ram­pant high-rise

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

WELL done Cr Ra­m­age for get­ting to the heart of high­rise. In the Whit­sun­day

Times Jan­uary 28, he was quoted as say­ing “there was still al­ways the pro­vi­sion within the town plan for de­vel­op­ers to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for in­creased heights to be as­sessed on their in­di­vid­ual mer­its”.

So why do Mayor Whit­ney and Cr Clifford want to con­crete over the Air­lie tourist precinct with blan­ket high­rise? Why do they cling to the Place Re­port?

Why the re­cent vote against fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion with the peo­ple who live here and those that visit?

Where is the com­mon sense, trans­parency and democ­racy?

We have plenty of room to de­velop out and up al­ready, so there is no need to go higher than the cur­rently avail­able heights with set­backs.

We get conned all the time here be­cause of the town’s short-sighted “cargo cult” men­tal­ity and lack of proper plan­ning.

Im­prove what we have first. Fix the eye­sores, coun- cil’s and land­lords’. Be­come pedes­trian friendly.

There can be no turn­ing back from ram­pant high-rise. Proper re­search is the cor­rect and re­spon­si­ble ac­tion. There are much bet­ter de­vel­op­ment choices for grow­ing tourism and jobs. An­drew Mar­shall Can­non­vale

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