Long way to go but there is still hope
IT’S been a while since I’ve written one of these, as my now severely shortened facial hair reminds me.
Recently I welcomed an overseas visitor to the Whitsundays for the first time.
After a tour of Airlie Beach’s main street, Bowen’s beaches, Show Whitsunday, some snorkelling, a walk of Honeyeater Lookout, and an overnight trip to Whitehaven Beach, I think, despite the pain felt by many in recent months, the Whitsundays is still as beautiful as ever.
I might have gone without power for 13 days after the cyclone, had a shower in my underwear in the rain and lived off gas-cooked sausages for more than a week (please don’t invite me to your sausage sizzle), but we are getting there.
The announcement of the value of the Great Barrier Reef only reinforces that it needs to be protected to ensure future visitors can get that same treatment I could give my visitor.
As I witnessed while snorkelling, there is still a long way to go.
Let’s just hope the powers that be understand how important our natural beauty is because my beard will grow back in a couple of weeks, but the coral won’t.