Talk­ing busi­ness

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

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