Return of the rank
THE wishes of Airlie's taxi drivers have now been granted, with the return of the main street taxi rank.
On Monday, Whitsunday Regional Council confirmed the rank was back at its former location in the centre of the street after it was relocated 'temporarily' more than three years ago.
The relocation sparked an outrage among drivers who felt it put night drivers at risk of alcohol-fuelled violence due to the extra walking distance.
Chris Owen has been a taxi driver in Airlie for more than seven years and said he was relieved to see the rank back in its original spot.
"It's much safer for night drivers and customers are much happier because they don't have to walk the distance," he said.
"It's common sense to have it where it is and it shouldn't have taken so long."