Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT WAS ready, set, go for Air­lie Beach Race Week this time last year, with the event herald­ing the largest fleet on record.

How­ever, this wasn’t all that made news this as South Molle Is­land was of­fi­cially snapped up by Chi­nese com­pany CCIG.

Out­go­ing owner Craig Ross de­scribed the mo­ment as “bit­ter­sweet” and took aim at bur­den­some Queens­land Gov­ern­ment rules and reg­u­la­tions which “made mat­ters worse” for is­land ten­ure af­ter Cy­clone Ului.

The first step to­ward the de­mo­li­tion of the South Molle jetty in Shute Har­bour was also taken as coun­cil of­fi­cially con­tracted Cardno Ull­man and Nolan to con­duct an as­sess­ment for a ten­der process on the in­fra­struc­ture, which was cost­ing ratepay­ers $300,000 each year. There was also ex­ten­sive cov­er­age of the 2016 Reef Fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing fire­works and all of the fam­ily friendly ac­tiv­i­ties that un­folded dur­ing one of the most iconic an­nual week­ends in the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

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