Ma­rina up­grade

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

MAY we con­grat­u­late the owner of Abell Point Ma­rina for the won­der­ful job he has done over the last few years with the up­grad­ing and re­vamp­ing of the Abell Point Ma­rina and sur­rounds.

It is truly some­thing to be proud of and an asset to the Whit­sun­days.

We should all be ap­pre­cia­tive for the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of this area.

The re­cent tidy up of the Shingley Beach area by the owner of Abell Point Ma­rina is also to be com­mended and we con­vey our sin­cere thanks for his ef­forts.

What a huge pity that such work is not deemed to be seen as nor­mal stan­dard pro­ce­dure to be un­der­taken by our own coun­cil (to whom we pay ex­or­bi­tant rates) to beau­tify the area that we live in.

Why should it take the com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of busi­ness own­ers, de­vel­op­ers and in­di­vid­ual ratepay­ers to en­sure that we have beau­ti­ful and pic­turesque ar­eas to re­lax in and en­joy?

Sadly, our coun­cil’s em­ployed staff ap­pear to lack all sense of drive, ini­tia­tive, imag­i­na­tion and abil­ity to pro­duce the top qual­ity re­sults re­quired to lift the im­age of this magic area in which we live.

Our Botan­i­cal Gar­dens are a clas­sic ex­am­ple, as is the park next to Cannonvale School where tree and shrub re­moval is their only spe­cial­ity.

Maybe we need to get rid of those em­ployed in this area and con­tract it out to pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als who do have the nec­es­sary skills and it would also prove to be a much cheaper al­ter­na­tive.

May we plead with our new, in­com­ing coun­cil­lors and mayor to please en­sure that the coun­cil staff meet all of the above re­quire­ments.

Oth­er­wise, why are they em­ploy­ing them?

Fin Forbes Cannonvale

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