Learn­ing the real mean­ing of la­goon

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALL­WOOD Edi­tor

IT HAS been nine weeks since Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie came knock­ing down our doors and still the dust is set­tling across our var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties.

Air­lie Beach has been left with rather a large hole in its tourist of­fer­ing thanks to the dam­age Deb­bie did to the la­goon.

We now know it is go­ing to be mid to late Au­gust be­fore the la­goon is fixed.

That’s a long time to be with­out an at­trac­tion of that cal­i­bre.

It even en­croaches on two of our ma­jor an­nual events.

The Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val and Air­lie Beach Race Week are both held at the be­gin­ning of Au­gust and both bring a sub­stan­tial num­ber of vis­i­tors to town.

So it has been in­ter­est­ing to hear the com­ments from dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the com­mu­nity about what this means.

Our Cham­ber of Com­merce says there is def­i­nitely a flow-on ef­fect to busi­nesses al­ready strug­gling with their own cy­clone af­ter­math.

And I know lo­cal res­i­dents want a la­goon to re­lax be­side as much as our vis­i­tors do.

But I was also very in­ter­ested in Paul Bur­fitt’s com­ment to vis­it­ing jour­nal­ists last week.

“The la­goon doesn’t de­fine Air­lie Beach.”

I guess in the next two months we will re­ally see.

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