Long way to go but there is still hope

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - OUR SAY DANE LILLINGSTONE Jour­nal­ist

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.

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