Learning the real meaning of lagoon
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.