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FOR an out­sider like me, it is dif­fi­cult to see through all the ‘for and against’ de­ci­sions that have been made about this pro­ject.

So, I will try to look at it re­al­is­ti­cally.

1. Chi­na­town would be a big de­vel­op­ment.

2. It would cre­ate jobs dur­ing build­ing and per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment for a large num­ber of peo­ple, with all the usual eco­nomic flow-on ef­fects, there­after.

3. It would be a much needed "land based" point of in­ter­est for our lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers.

4. And, like it or not, it would en­hance cul­tural un­der­stand­ing in an ever chang­ing multi-cul­tural world.

But, sadly, hav­ing the wis­dom to adapt and ap­pre­ci­ate the cul­tural dif­fer­ences in­volved in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process, and in the end ben­e­fit from it, is per­haps ask­ing too much when western prin­ci­ples are at stake. Heinz Schneider Can­non­vale

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