No deck for lagoon
A DECK worth $300,000 to be built in front of two restaurants in the Airlie Beach lagoon precinct was scuttled at last week’s meeting of the Whitsunday Regional Council.
The original resolution moved by councillor Jan Clifford earlier this month passed with a slim majority at the time.
However, last week council heard a notice of repeal after councillor Dave Clark backflipped on the project.
The repeal motion was won with mayor Andrew Willcox, Cr Ron Petterson and Cr Clifford supporting the deck and councillors Dave Clark, Mike Brunker, John Collins and Peter Ramage deciding to reject the proposal.
The outdoor platform would have been built under the two large fig trees near the changing room building, which backs on to pedestrian access to Mr Bones Pizza and the Treehouse restaurant.
Cr Brunker said he had “some concern that only one business can use the decking”.
Cr Clarke said he “was definitely not against the project but wanted to know where the money was coming from.”
Money for the project was to come from an engineering surplus.
Cr Ramage said he believed the project had value but questioned the spending of an engineering reserve.
Cr Clifford said she was disappointed the deck did not get the green light.
“It’s just a dead corner, you can’t grow things under those trees. It would have tidied up the whole area,” she said.
The Division 1 councillor noted all those opposed to the lagoon decking represented the northern part of the electorate.
“I think there is a bit of a double standard going on that they may want to look at,” she said.
Half of the deck was going to be used for dining and the remaining half was to be used as public space Cr Clifford said.
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