Michelle Lynes

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

COUN­CIL is a big busi­ness and its elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to not only over­see the busi­ness of their divi­sion but work to­gether as a whole for the re­gion. There are op­por­tu­ni­ties within Divi­sion 1 for ex­am­ple that have the po­ten­tial to in­crease coun­cil’s rev­enue stream but have been ne­glected.

We all recog­nise the La­goon is a big draw­card how­ever there is dan­ger that the area may need to be closed down to carry out much-needed main­te­nance. The in­cum­bent coun­cil­lor is not aware of when the last main­te­nance was car­ried out nor when the next is sched­uled. This is not how busi­ness is car­ried out. The sand along the shore of Shin­g­ley Beach was re­cently re­plen­ished af­ter re­peated re­quests from lo­cal busi­ness oper­a­tors. The re­lated costs for the sup­ply were driven up be­cause of the ur­gency. Again, it’s the ratepay­ers that suf­fer for this.

There are other sources of rev­enue that can go di­rectly back to­wards the in­fra­struc­ture in this area. So­lar pan­els lo­cated on the roof area of the cur­rent change rooms/toi­let block could pro­vide coin-op­er­ated hot show­ers; pay to use lock­ers pro­vide se­cu­rity for vis­i­tors’ be­long­ings and an­other source of rev­enue.

As for our beau­ti­ful Boathaven Beach at the Port of Air­lie, why is their con­fu­sion over who is re­spon­si­ble for the up­keep of this area? There is the po­ten­tial for de­vel­op­ment on the land at Water­son Way but the cur­rent de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion needs to be re­moved. It is ef­fec­tively stop­ping any fur­ther in­ter­est and de­vel­op­ment on this land and that means lo­cal jobs. And so, to my ques­tion. “What will hap­pen if I don’t get elected to coun­cil?”

The an­swer is noth­ing.

Michelle Lynes.

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