Residents voiced their hopes for the state election at the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce forum on Thursday, Pictures: Laura Thomas
Residents voiced their hopes for the state election at the Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce forum on Thursday, Pictures: Laura Thomas

YOUR SAY: Reef, renewables and recognition among priorities

THE Queensland election is just weeks away and candidates have been pulling out all the stops to sway votes in their direction.

The Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce forum gave Whitsunday hopefuls the chance to pitch their plans to residents.

While tourism remained high on the agenda, plans for future projects and emissions targets were also discussed.

Here’s what some residents hoped their state representative would focus on:

Sue Gravelle
Sue Gravelle

Sue Gravelle

“For the future, for my grandchildren, I want to see what people’s thoughts are.

“These people are pretty key to their future, and especially the way the world is at the moment it’s even more important.

“I think I would like to see more to do with the environment.”

Beverley Fontes
Beverley Fontes

Beverley Fontes

“What I’m hoping is that because Airlie Beach is so dependent on tourism that they really put a lot of effort into building up the tourism industry because it has been suffering quite badly lately.

“The tourism industry also depends on the reef, so I’d really like to see them enforce regulations for land clearing and also water quality.

“I also hope that they don’t support a coal-fired power station in Collinsville; we should be going renewable instead.”

Faye Chapman
Faye Chapman

Faye Chapman

“A recognition of how much the tourism industry is worth to us and how many real jobs it supplies.

“The tourism industry caters to so many people; hoteliers, charter boat people, we cover such a gamut.

“And I think if you look at the numbers it’s up there at the top of the list for Queensland and there’s barely any recognition.”

Johnathan Peter
Johnathan Peter

Johnathan Peter

“A focus on renewables, because that will be providing more jobs, healthier jobs, and it will be growing jobs in the community.

Mr Peter hoped this would be through solar power rather than coal fired power.

“Twenty years ago, we didn’t have the option, but we’ve had options for 10 years now and we’ve been doing other things.

“There’s so many things we could be doing from the ground up and we feel that the fossil fuel industry and the billionaire mine owners are taking too much.”

Tony Fontes
Tony Fontes

Tony Fontes

“I guess I’d like to see whatever party wins prioritises coming out of COVID with a clean slate and look towards a renewable economy that will protect the community, protect the reef and protect the future.

“This is an opportunity to move away from fossil fuels.

“Currently the election doesn’t look like it’s going to go that way, but that would be my wish.”


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