IN PRIVATE enterprise if you have a business that you realise is in an unsuitable
location, you don’t close it down till you find a better site.
This what happened when the Information Centre in Proserpine was closed.
The volunteers offered to man it free seven days a week, but were refused.
Full marks to the Bowen Information Centre for receiving awards at the Tourism Awards night.
The new Mackay/ Sarina Information Centre has quadrupled their visitor numbers over the last 12 months.
All that seems to be promoted here is bums on seats on aeroplanes and the through traffic is passing us by to the detriment of Proserpine, Airlie and the islands.
We are told everything is going to happen in the future, but as far as I can see it’s just a talkfest and a feel-good situation but nothing ever happens.
Council was offered a suitable block of land to relocate the information centre two months ago but have done nothing about it.
They are spending
$4.8 million upgrading the playgrounds in two Proserpine parks, but nothing to actually bring people into the area.
It is quite obvious to the average person that all this is politically motivated.
— Alan Dufty, Proserpine