Sup­port flow­ing for ‘bring back our girls’

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

THE Air­lie Beach pub­lic toi­let mu­ral de­bate is not over yet.

Af­ter Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil voted against bring­ing the mu­ral back in its June or­di­nary meet­ing, an on­line sur­vey, cre­ated by for­mer coun­cil­lor and Fish D’vine owner Kev Collins, has shown the com­mu­nity over­whelm­ingly sup­ports the mu­ral.

Af­ter post­ing the poll “Bring Back Our Girls” on Sur­vey Mon­key, a week of re­sponses had 1202 an­swer “yes” and 18 “no”.

Mr Collins said he was adamant most peo­ple thought the mu­ral funny.

“It is pretty clear the very vast ma­jor­ity of lo­cals are happy to have them re­in­stalled,” he posted on Whit­sun­days No­tice­board.

“I would ex­pect the re­sults of this sur­vey to at least be tabled for con­sid­er­a­tion and Air­lie can re­tain its sense of hu­mour. Air­lie needs to re­tain its char­ac­ter and stand out from the crowd.”

Whit­sun­day coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford said while the sur­vey did seem to show over­whelm­ing sup­port for the mu­ral’s re­turn, the coun­cil’s pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion would de­cide its fu­ture.

“Gen­er­ally the con­sen­sus is that we (will) put up a cou­ple of op­tions and see what every­one likes,” she said.

“One will be the girls mu­ral, we may also in­clude some iconic Whit­sun­day hotspot. There will be a process where we’ll have mar­ket stalls and on­line.”

INFAMOUS: The Air­lie Beach pub­lic toi­let mu­ral that has cre­ated con­tin­ued de­bate.

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