Busi­ness sense?

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

READ­ERS of the re­cent May­oral lament, re­gard­ing the la­goon shut­down, could be for­given for be­liev­ing the sewage over­flow was the main rea­son, not the to­tal ne­glect of nec­es­sary main­te­nance for the last five to six years.

Not nec­es­sar­ily his fault, pre­vi­ous coun­cil­lors.

A $7–8 mil­lion as­set left to de­te­ri­o­rate for so long is a dis­grace.

No doubt the cy­clone did cause prob­lems with the sewage over­flow, but I won­der was that pri­mar­ily also caused by the years of ne­glect.

There was re­cent men­tion in the Times that the la­goon is not a stand­alone as­set.

Well, “Hello”, it is. Just look at the shops that have opened and are get­ting no cus­tom.

If the da­m­age to the reef is se­ri­ous enough to discourage visi­tors, to­gether with the shut­down of the is­land re­sorts, it will then be ob­vi­ous that the la­goon is the main at­trac­tion to Air­lie Beach.

Fam­i­lies vis­it­ing com­plain day boat trip­ping is ex­pen­sive to both reef and is­lands, search­ing out spe­cials or lim­it­ing to one off­shore ac­tiv­ity.

The la­goon has per­formed as was an­tic­i­pated, re­port­edly adding an aver­age of two days’ stay for fam­i­lies.

If the da­m­age to the reef is se­ri­ous enough to discourage visi­tors... it will then be ob­vi­ous that the la­goon is the main at­trac­tion to Air­lie Beach.

We should have a wa­ter park sim­i­lar to Townsville but, be­cause of stupid parochial jeal­ousy, it went to Bowen and there are plans to put one in Proser­pine.

It is ob­vi­ous it should have been put in place here first, not for Air­lie res­i­dents, but for tourists, the area’s life blood.

We need an ad­min­is­tra­tor to run this area like a busi­ness. — Peter Craig, Ju­bilee Pocket

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