CONTRARY to Cr Brunker's assertion that the people opposed to the land swap are against a better economic future for Airlie Beach, these people are trying to ensure a better economic future by protecting our greatest asset.
Urban planners are now looking at areas prone to storm surge and flooding and turning them into parkland and green belts, recognising that environmental protection and conservation are of utmost importance. While other councils in Australia and overseas are buying back foreshore buildings,our council wants to take the regressive step of giving public foreshore land to a private developer. This reflects outdated idealology from the 1970,s- develop at any cost.
Urban planners have also observed that in the 21st century,there is a conspicuous move worldwide away from overcrowded cities and towns to smaller communities with a village atmosphere. Our village atmosphere in Airlie Beach is a feature a great many tourists comment on positively.
Given that today's planners recognise that anyone effected should be part of the planning decision, our tourists opinions should be sought after and highly valued because without them our economic future is not secure. SSu