ON A momentous week in which the Federal Government announced more funding for Shute Harbour; and the Airlie Beach lagoon re-opened, I hate to be the party-pooper.
But I really do feel for the scores of Whitsunday residents caught up in the on-going rental crisis that’s gripping the region in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.
Our journalist Peter Carruthers tells the heartbreaking story (page 6) of one Cannonvale mum caught up in the shortfall.
Her plight is just the tip of the iceberg, with many others we approached too frightened to speak out for fear of reprisals from landlords.
I don’t know about you, but there’s something about hearing those types of stories that sticks in the craw.
I know home owners are always looking to maximise returns, and I’m also told that tenants here have had a good run with rental prices still short of pre-GFC rates.
But does that mean that families need to be split up and leave the area for good all in the name of profit?
Rest assured, this is an issue we’ll be following from now on.
We’d love to hear from anyone who would tell us about their experiences with landlords, good or bad.
Meanwhile, I think I need to cool off. I’ll see you all down at our swanky new lagoon.