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Whit­sun­day on the Beach holds hope for the fu­ture

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

AF­TER 25 years of living in trop­i­cal North Queens­land Whit­sun­day on the Beach man­ager Richard Mathi­son said he was “well pre­pared” for Cy­clone Deb­bie.

And it is this ap­proach which en­sured min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to the Airlie Beach main street busi­ness.

“We had our own power and we are self con­tained so cy­clones don’t af­fect us too much here,” Mr Mathi­son said.

“We had no big is­sues, we lost a few bits and pieces from the build­ing – the peo­ple in the val­ley have a lot more prob­lems than us, we are in a con­crete jun­gle and the place doesn’t even shake in a cy­clone.”

While the im­me­di­ate is­sues stem­ming from Cy­clone Deb­bie have been largely re­solved, the fu­ture re­mains an “un­known factor”.

“We have no idea how the rest of the year will go but will just take it day by day,” Mr Mathi­son said.

“The la­goon is the ma­jor prob­lem it gives peo­ple some­thing to do dur­ing the day, it is a nice place to sit around and is a well utilised area.

“A lot of boats (also) aren’t run­ning but there are still a va­ri­ety of things run­ning and plenty of avail­abil­ity for things.”

Mr Mathi­son said the reg­u­lar ava­ial­bil­ity of tuk tuk rid­ers was a strong draw card for tourists.

The re­cent re-open­ing of the Bi­cen­ten­tial walk­way was also wel­comed as a pos­i­tive step for­ward for Airlie Beach.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

STAND­ING STRONG: Whit­sun­day on the Beach is on track.

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