A lot like Christmas
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.