WHEN then-mayor Brunker enabled the council purchase of the “Havengrand” land for a dubious location of a sports park, he lost the next election.
When Mayor Whitney tried to force acceptance of a Chinatown development and new higher building heights on Airlie, she lost the next election.
Hopefully the message is getting through; ignoring what the community wants will endanger one’s political future.
We must revisit the building heights in Airlie, and get the plan returned to the two storey limits above town and on the foreshore and along the main street of Airlie. No high rises in front of the town!
The close to 900 submissions made on this issue, whether technically correct or ‘acceptable’, must be made public and taken on board by the new council.
Another positive thing the council could do would be to look seriously at purchasing the deceased estate property on the east side of Airlie Creek.
The house could be converted to a cafe and tourist office or commercial operation, and the gardens opened up to the foreshore for a more direct exposure to main street; now that we are losing the view to the sea on the west side of the creek to another hotel blocking the foreshore.
Maybe they should sell the “Havengrand” sport park cane fields and put the money towards this much more effective use of public funds.
Finally, to read that the approvals for the Adani coal mine was “a dream come true” (for our new mayor) was indeed disheartening. As if people weren’t aware that the reef is experiencing the most extreme coral bleaching event in history, and if the water temperatures don’t drop quickly, 50% of the coral could die within months!
Climate change and it’s devastating impact on our natural environment is not all talk, it is fact: 97% of all climate scientists say it is due to our dumping CO2 into the atmosphere in ever expanding quantities.
If you are excited about the “possible” 4000 short term coal jobs (down from 10,000, and much higher than the Adani admitted 1500 jobs); how do you think the 65,000+ existing workers feel about the loss of the reef and their livelihoods?
While most of our councillors come from a land-based background, you have a great opportunity to unite the various interests in a vision that will preserve what is unique about our region and take active steps to protect our seaward assets and encourage a long term sustainable future. Good luck.
A citizens’ consultative committee could have plenty of ideas.
Jonathan Peter Airlie Beach