Strong voices advocate for region
EVER since we started to rebuild in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, we have been faced with a delicate balance of important issues.
Airlie Beach in particular is a town based on tourism, resulting in the management of conflicting messages in a time of desperate need.
The tourism industry, on which so many people’s livelihoods rely, was anxious for an ‘open for business’ message to be broadcast as soon as humanly possible post March 28.
But at the same time there are other people reliant on other industries and, of course, many whose homes and businesses have taken severe losses or worse.
How do you balance the needs of all in such difficult circumstances?
These have been some of the challenges faced by our mayor, industry leaders, tourism body and more.
Meanwhile, the State and Federal governments have been making pots of money available to aid in the cyclone recovery of regions affected Queensland-wide.
I think we are lucky to have had such strong advocates in our mayor Andrew Willcox and Tourism Whitsundays chief executive Craig Turner.
Thanks to their efforts, a lot of tourism-related money at least will hopefully be coming our way.