Ge­orge slams mar­ket move sup­port

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

DAW­SON MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen has slammed the plan to move the Lions Air­lie Beach Mar­kets, tak­ing aim at his La­bor op­po­si­tion in the process.

While La­bor has promised to com­mit $6.6 mil­lion to the project, Mr Chris­tensen says it would “lit­er­ally rip the heart and soul out of the Air­lie com­mu­nity”.

“Mar­ket stall­hold­ers and mar­ket-go­ers are over­whelm­ingly op­posed to any shift in the venue and yet the La­bor Party has de­cided over a cup of cof­fee to make those plans a re­al­ity,” he said.

“The Air­lie Beach mar­kets on the fore­shore are a draw­card for lo­cals and vis­i­tors; they are an es­sen­tial part of any visit to Air­lie and their lo­ca­tion right there on the fore­shore is a huge part of their ap­peal.”

Mr Chris­tensen pointed to the fact ALP can­di­date Frank Gil­bert’s sup­port­ers had a stall at the mar­kets, say­ing he was out of touch with the com­mu­nity on the is­sue.

The LNP can­di­date in the up­com­ing fed­eral elec­tion said he would en­sure the cur­rent mar­ket lo­ca­tion was “safe­guarded be­fore any con­sid­er­a­tion is given to re­quests for Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing”.

“It’s no good pour­ing mil­lions of dol­lars into re­vi­tal­is­ing Air­lie’s fore­shore if you then rob it of its charm and char­ac­ter,” he said. “The con­sul­ta­tion process has not even fin­ished yet but peo­ple fear with this La­bor an­nounce­ment that the whole thing will just get rub­ber­stamped and pushed through.”

HOT TOPIC: Daw­son MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen dis­cussing the fu­ture of the Lions Air­lie Beach Mar­kets with stall­holder and ad­vo­cate Kristel Tay­lor.

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