Beach buzz is back

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -


WHILE the school hol­i­days brought a well-earned break for some, it was also a much-needed shot in the arm for the main street of Air­lie Beach, with many re­port­ing good trade.

The glo­ri­ous weather, south­ern­ers’ com­plaints about their cold snap and a well-timed cruise ship brought back the Air­lie vibe and it seemed truly like busi­ness as usual.

Same with in­sur­ance and build­ing progress. Small jobs have been done and big­ger projects are start­ing. The cham­ber has li­aised with the coun­cil and build­ing com­pa­nies on ac­com­mo­da­tion is­sues and short­ages.

Build­ing com­pa­nies need to bring up many more work­ers and once here, works will progress rapidly.

We’ll work to­gether to make sure tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion re­mains avail­able.

Along with TW, GW3 and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives, I at­tended a gath­er­ing with Se­na­tor Matthew Cana­van, the Min­is­ter for Re­sources and North­ern Aus­tralia.

The mes­sage was driven home that real in­fras­truc­ture in­vest­ment, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and flood-proof­ing roads were ab­so­lute pri­or­i­ties.

The cham­ber also met with the coun­cil and dis­cussed is­sues from a coun­cil ser­vice cen­tre in Can­non­vale, rate abate­ment and util­is­ing the Water­son Way site.

The most im­por­tant meet­ing was with dis­as­ter re­cov­ery spe­cial­ist Rob Gor­don on men­tal health.

Hands up if you are work­ing non-stop. Keep your hands up if you feel like you’re stressed and not get­ting any­where. Keep them up if you feel you can’t think cre­atively or make good de­ci­sions. It’s the cor­ti­sol state.

Don’t let stress and cir­cum­stances af­fect you, your fam­ily or your busi­ness. Take some time to look af­ter your­self. You will work bet­ter and achieve much more.

Our AGM is Au­gust 3. We want more com­mit­tee mem­bers, par­tic­u­larly in hos­pi­tal­ity.

Mem­ber­ship in­voices will be sent soon and mem­bers no­ti­fied.

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