DETERMINED: Save Our Foreshore's Rory McCourt, Jonathan Peter, Kerry Widin, Suzette Pelt and Faye Chapman outside the organisation's new public information display on the Airlie main street.
DETERMINED: Save Our Foreshore's Rory McCourt, Jonathan Peter, Kerry Widin, Suzette Pelt and Faye Chapman outside the organisation's new public information display on the Airlie main street.

SOF set up in Airlie's main street

WHEN council's Airlie main street community liaison officer John Powell arrived at work on Monday morning, new neighbours had already taken up residence beside his office in Airlie Beach.

The community group Save Our Foreshore (SOF) has mounted an unmanned information display in the empty shop next to Mr Powell's office in an effort to reach the public with an alternative point of view about the main street upgrade and the "land swap".

SOF President Suzette Pelt said this was about providing information.

"We believe that there are huge costs and more public land to be lost in these land deals that council is not disclosing.

"The more we look into this so-called "land-swap", the clearer it becomes that the community and the greater long term vision for Airlie Beach would be the loser and a single commercial developer the winner."

"This completely contravenes the purpose for this land and people are outraged," Ms Pelt said.

Mr Powell said Ms Pelt and SOF treasurer Faye Chapman called in to his office on Monday morning for a chat.

"We sat here and chewed the fat for an hour or so," Mr Powell said.

"I honestly believe that having that (display) next door, or in close proximity, will encourage more people to come and investigate the proposal to form their own opinions," he said.


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