‘Where the bloody hell are you?’

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

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.

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