I SUGGESTED Heal the Heart as the name for the up coming music benefit.
As an SES member I have listened to so many of the sad stories from people who are still recovering from the psychological trauma and loss of their homes, businesses and possessions.
Their homes and businesses will one day be fixed and their spirits are lifting, but it’s their hearts that need healing to go on.
This concert will be a great event for our community to give us all a lift as music is definitely a healer.
To the wonderful artists and organisers, this will be a great time for all the community to come together and heal our hearts.
It’s also wonderful that the region’s SES will be supported.
These great men and women who worked tirelessly and gave up their time and emotional and physical energy helping out their great community will be very grateful for the wonderful recognition and support.
THE other day I was shocked to find out that after Cyclone Debbie Some displaced visitors had been “helped out” by being rented an apartment (via AirBNB) for $1500 a week (830% more than we rent our same type of unit per week).
Not all visitors can afford this type of rorting, and so they leave the Whitsundays without spending a cent.
Services such as TV signal or reliable cooking equipment were not even provided.
With the temporary closure of many of our local hotels and motels, I find this type of predatory pricing despicable and it scares away many needed visitors to the region.
Homelessness is on the rise here and practices like this need to be addressed.
Shut it down
DESPITE what the tourist operators are spinning, there
is overwhelming scientific evidence proving the Great Barrier Reef is up to 95% dead and gone. This evidence goes way back to when Peter Beattie (the then Qld Premier) waved a fist full of scientific evidence on TV stating he had the proof.
Tourist operators need to stop taking people to the reef and showing them what must be plastic stick on (man-made) artificial reef that they have made, and in the process further damaging and killing off what little of the natural reef is left (supposedly less than 5%).
The reef should be shut down to all visitors until the scientists prove that it is well on the way to total recovery.
I am surprised that the groups such as the Conservation Society and other Green groups (and Tourism Whitsundays) are not strongly pushing for this now. We do this to other industries (eg. fishing) when we need to protect the resource.
So come on you groups – show some leadership.
I ACKNOWLEDGE that council is in some ways between a rock and a hard place when considering the roadside rubbish collection issues and certainly it can be assumed that some folk are not abiding within the spirit of what the
service is intended for, that is to assist with the removal of furniture, fittings and effects that have been directly affected by Cyclone Debbie.
However, there are many businesses and residences that have still not had an assessor call to inspect and provide reports to their respective insurance companies resulting in businesses and residences being unable to meet the council deadline for footpath collection.
Yes, it is a significant cost and concern to the council but more so to the thousands of businesses and people affected so drastically.
I would suggest to council that it is better to err on the
side of compassion, cost etc and to extend the collection deadline for an additional few weeks.
Having said that council is to be congratulated on what they have achieved to date given the enormity of the problem.