IT SEEMS almost every time a change to something in Airlie
Beach is proposed, a special interest group or person comes forward and opposes the changes.
It’s as if, on behalf of the community, they have selected some sacred point in time and self-appointed themselves to ensure nothing ever changes from that point.
No one can cut down a tree, build a phone tower or change our skyline without facing backlash, usually in the name of environmental conservation.
I am a strong advocate for environmental conservation, but I would also like to see wider acknowledgement that part of our environment here in Airlie Beach is the livelihood of the people that live in it, the struggling businesses that
serve them and the weathered and aging structures that line it.
We need to welcome new developments and new incentives for tourists and foreign investments and we need to welcome them as a community if we are to expect any future for our businesses, industry and local youth. Aaron Themoor, Cannonvale