IF A developer is allowed to take away a big piece of our foreshore, a piece of our community spirit will disappear. That foreshore land belongs to the people. A high maintenance park in the middle of the town is a poor substitute for the foreshore land with a stunning sea view. There will be very little sea view from the proposed main street park if a huge hotel is built in front of it.
The proposed Airlie town plan has the appearance of a mall. Malls often don't work and have had problems in other north Queensland towns. Every time a free car parking space is removed from the main street, it affects another business. These shops rely on the driving customers as well. Working families are time-poor even on holidays, and they need to park close to where they shop. Our visitors have already travelled for many hours to get here.
Every space of the central lagoon car park is needed at present. What will happen to our beautiful public lagoon if the council doesn't have the parking revenue to pay for the upkeep?
The new town plan almost closes up the centre of Airlie. Larger delivery trucks will have trouble accessing this area. Most of the businesses need trucks to supply them, and provide waste removal and repairs.
Emergency vehicles require fast and easy access, through the centre of Airlie. It is a densely populated area and that surely is a moral responsibility for the town plan. Any changes have to be practical to all concerned.