Let’s make the reef greater

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Cham­ber of Com­merce or­gan­ised a meet the can­di­dates night on June 21 and it was re­ally re­ward­ing to see so many com­mu­nity mem­bers in at­ten­dance as well as hav­ing six can­di­dates spell out their vi­sion for our re­gion.

Of crit­i­cal and over­whelm­ing im­por­tance was how our com­mu­nity and jobs are in­ter­wo­ven with the reef and a clear recog­ni­tion across all the can­di­dates present was the im­por­tance of on­go­ing reef man­age­ment and reef pro­tec­tion mea­sures.

What was in­sight­ful was one of the can­di­dates recog­nis­ing not only the reef and wa­ter qual­ity be­ing of im­por- tance to our ma­jor in­dus­try, tourism.

He went on to say it was also about the pub­lic per­cep­tions out­side our re­gion be­ing in­flu­enced by con­stant neg­a­tive me­dia and the rhetoric that ramps up in the lead up to an elec­tion, which uses the reef as a po­lit­i­cal play-thing, of­ten with lit­tle re­gard to the true state of the reef and the im­pacts dam­ag­ing pub­lic­ity can have on our job-cre­at­ing in­dus­tries.

A pos­i­tive mes­sage to come from the night was a mes­sage from one can­di­date that in­vest­ment in the reef was an in­vest­ment not about sav­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef but an in­vest­ment in ac­tu­ally mak­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef, even greater.

While the Cham­ber of Com­merce is not about to sup­port any in­di­vid­ual can­di­dates it can cer­tainly sup­port this par­tic­u­lar mes­sage.

Well said that man!

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