‘Where the bloody hell are you?’
CONGRATULATIONS to all the amazing winners at Tourism Whitsunday’s annual awards on Hamilton Island.
Six months on from Cyclone Debbie, it was a fantastic celebration of individual and collective achievements in the industry that underpins the economy of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.
However, Labor’s Tourism Minister didn’t turn up which reminded me of last year when I sent Kate Jones a postcard from Airlie Beach, saying: “Where the bloody hell are you?”
I realise elected officials can’t be everywhere but it was a notable absence, given how the industry and our community was impacted by Debbie and how the Whitsundays is No.1 for visitors to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
I bet Kate Jones wouldn’t have missed their awards down on the Gold Coast or up in Cairns but it seems the Whitsundays doesn’t rate high on her priorities list.
Perhaps the Minister was organising flights for “Hamilton Planes” near Proserpine.
Regardless, I remain committed to taking our tourism industry to the next level which includes my fight for a visitor information centre at Proserpine.
That would certainly complement the LNP’s $37 million commitment to fix Hamilton Plains.
And yes, we’ll fix the sign too.
— Jason Costigan MP
TOURISM WHITSUNDAYS: MP Jason Costigan (centre) gives Colin Crossley a standing ovation at Saturday’s awards night.