Eyes wide shut?
ONE really wonders if the eyes of the Premier and Mayor Willcox were really “open” when they toured the Adani sites in India where five years ago a catastrophic coal and oil spill from a transport ship has yet to be cleaned up, a coastal fishing industry has been destroyed and workers promised coal jobs were dudded – their coal plant jobs were withdrawn after a few months.
Do they have fishing to fall back on?
No. Wetlands and mangroves were destroyed building Adani’s Mundra port and locals report Adani keeps acquiring more land by building walls so more of it becomes useless to anyone but him.
Tour boat operator Lindsay Simpson tried to make the Premier see the insanity of destroying a tourism industry, and the mayor’s comeback?
Tourists want “lights and air-conditioning” when they come to the Whitsundays.
So apparently the trip was a waste of ratepayer money as Mr Willcox didn’t even learn that the coal is for export to India, so will not power any Australian resort. — Alison Mason Cannonvale