No deck for la­goon

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

BEACHED: Own­er­ship of the ill-fated Tateyama Maru beached on Glouces­ter Is­land has been taken over by the State.

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