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