Spe­cial in­ter­ests

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

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