I READ Mr Mark Beale’s letter to the Editor ( Whit
sunday Times, February 18), relating to the attitude of the residents of Bowen.
I am not a resident of that town but I find the tone of the letter offensive and personal, targeting the residents and not the persons he has a grievance with.
If Mr Beale could be more clear and state his title as a ratepayer, franchisee of a real estate agency or as the chairman of the Whitsunday branch of the Chinese Australian Entrepreneurs Association run by Mr Peter Wang, in his letters, his agenda would be clearer and taken with the interest it deserves.
Over the whole Chinatown matter, not one word was mentioned on the effect it would have on small businesses in the main street.
These businesses pay high rents with a fluctuating tourist trade (and endure) competition with markets and the weather.
Every retail shop, every restaurant and takeaway business that would have been in the Chinatown would be another nail in the coffin of small businesses in the main street.
I doubt that Mr Beale will be opening an estate agency in Bowen in the near future. Alan Beverstock Airlie Beach