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THERE was fan­tas­tic news for the whole re­gion as coun­cil an­nounced fund­ing for $40 mil­lion up­grade to the Whit­sun­day Coast Airport.

This is a much-needed shot in the arm for a re­gion strug­gling to cope with the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Con­grat­u­la­tions go out to Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Wil­cox and his team.

As for Dis­as­ter Relief Fund­ing, we have had a mas­sive re­sponse to the ar­ti­cle in last week’s Whit­sun­day Times.

In fact, we have been in­un­dated with calls and emails and peo­ple’s sto­ries.

Whilst there are many who have suc­cess­fully ap­plied, others have been de­clined on tech­ni­cal­i­ties or slipped through the cracks de­spite the in­tent of the fund­ing.

There is strong sup­port from lo­cal mem­bers and QRAA of­fi­cers are lis­ten­ing, so if you feel you have a le­git­i­mate claim that had been re­jected, please con­tact the cham­ber.

Re­mem­ber, even if you are in­sured, your ex­cess will be cov­ered and re­im­bursed.

SMALL busi­ness Re­cov­ery Grant Ap­pli­ca­tions are now goals and mon­i­tor your per­for­mance reg­u­larly, you need to con­tact the cham­ber for more in­for­ma­tion

Mean­while it was en­cour­ag­ing to hear the Reef Sum­mit fo­cus­ing on a struc­tured pro­gram of ac­tive in­ter­ven­tion to save our reef.

It is a del­i­cate liv­ing struc­ture that con­trib­utes bil­lions to our econ­omy.

It is time to think out­side the box.

Is it pos­si­ble to turn some of th­ese pro­tec­tive ac­tiv­i­ties into sub­sidised eco-tourism ven­tures?

There would be no short­age of vol­un­teers.

The Whit­sun­days re­gion will need to rein­vent and repack­age its of­fer.

We have lost some nat­u­ral as­sets but it is still an area of stag­ger­ing beauty and po­ten­tial and mas­sive op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Our next net­work­ing break­fast is on June 29.

Head to our web­site for all the de­tails.

To con­tact us re­gard­ing Dis­as­ter Relief Fund­ing email info@whit­sun­day coastcham­ber.com.au.

if you feel you have a le­git­i­mate claim that had been re­jected, please con­tact the cham­ber. — Al­lan Milostic

PHOTO: LIAM KIDSTON

HELP AT HAND: Dis­as­ter Relief Fund­ing is avail­able.

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