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THE new Air­lie Beach en­try state­ment is not yet com­plete, but al­ready opin­ions have been di­vided.

On­line, de­bate has been rag­ing over the in­clu­sion of two fish stat­ues, a clown fish and a blue tang, in the work in progress.

Con­trac­tors Plants Whitsundays con­firmed they were asked to take the fish down last Thurs­day.

The fish were not in­cluded in the orig­i­nal con­cept.

The dis­cus­sion was started with a post in the Face­book group Whitsundays Chat by lo­cal Mitch An­drew, who sug­gested the fish would be sus­cep­ti­ble to theft.

“How long do you think it will be be­fore some­one flogs those fake fish from the new Main Street gar­den?” he wrote. A num­ber of re­sponses im­plied this would be a good thing.

“I hope some­one takes them, they look tacky as hell,” Steve Hod­getts wrote.

Not every­one agreed how­ever.

“I hope they are elec­tri­fied so any would-be thief gets zapped!” Sharon Alice Wil­liams wrote.

Divi­sion 1 coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford said the coun­cil had ap­proved the fi­nal con­cept de­signed by Trop­i­cal De­signs, how­ever the project was be­ing di­rected by Skal In­ter­na­tional Whitsundays.

The group was not able to be reached for com­ment.

How­ever, Cr Clif­ford did say Plants Whit­sun­day was not asked by the coun­cil to re­move the fish.


WHERE’S NEMO? Con­trac­tors Plants Whit­sun­day re­moved the fish last week.

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