A lot like Christ­mas

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Whit­sun­day Coast Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent

AN­OTHER busy fort­night in the Whit­sun­days as we rush head­long to­wards the silly sea­son and some wellde­served fam­ily time.

As al­ways, in­ter­est­ing times on the weather front with the ex­tremes of bush­fires and loom­ing rain de­pres­sions af­fect­ing the re­gion. We have been spared the ab­so­lute dis­as­ter of ma­jor bush­fires in or re­gion, although with Con­way and ar­eas near Collinsville alight but con­tained, we came close. Other ar­eas of our state fared worse and are scream­ing for some re­lief from the weather gods.

Loom­ing to our north is what we all hope will be some re­lief from this ma­jor dry spell. Fingers crossed it peters out from cy­clone sta­tus over the next few days. We don’t need an­other me­dia frenzy fo­cussing on our re­gion for the wrong rea­sons.

Last week the Cham­ber meet­ing with Mayor An­drew Will­cox and dis­cussed a va­ri­ety of sub­jects in­clud­ing feed­back on the Fore­shore Devel­op­ment, park­ing, dif­fi­cul­ties with coun­cil pro­cesses and is­sues lo­cal busi­nesses face deal­ing with WRC.

As al­ways, the mayor has taken on board all feed­back and as in the past, he has worked with stake­hold­ers to im­proves all facets of coun­cil op­er­a­tions.

Abell Point Ma­rina put on a well-at­tended event with Deb Freck­ling­ton (Lib­eral Na­tional Party leader). Is­sues raised in­cluded im­ped­i­ments to small and large busi­ness such as pay­roll tax, ex­ces­sive elec­tric­ity prices, and com­pli­ance costs. In­fras­truc­ture is­sues such as the Bruce High­way and al­ter­na­tive en­ergy pro­duc­tion were also raised whilst con­cerns within the Tourism in­dus­try such as land bank­ing of is­lands and loom­ing changes to com­mer­cial fish­ing laws and their neg­a­tive ef­fects were dis­cussed.

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