Opinion

Parade changes are an Opportunity lost

OPINION: The decision to swap Hervey Bay's favourite float parade for a "greener" option shows just how out of touch Fraser Coast Opportunities is with the community it represents.

I don't envy anyone who has the task of getting this region to embrace change.

The helicopter fiasco of 2014, which allowed the "little Johnny can't hear while he's studying" and "I can't believe how noisy it is in the house I bought near an airport" ridiculousness to shut down any sensible conversation about compromise and instead, send a message that our airports were not open for business, is a prime example of how far we have to go.

But there is a difference between progress and changing things simply to make them easier.

The Esplanade won't close (that's only allowed when a pub is opening and someone else is footing the bill), it won't be "commercially focused" (it's not like local businesses could do with the promotion) and we are being "environmentally friendly" (because in a town where the mating ground of a rare spotted frog takes preference over multi-million dollar developments and ratepayer-funded water "parks" are more educational than they are fun, having one night of horn-honking frivolity should be out of the question).

Yes, it's a negative way to look at things, but when half-empty flights are heading back to Sydney, why are we messing with the few things that work?

When FCO was given control of tourism and events, they should have also been handed two boxes - one marked "help" and the other "if it's not broken, don't fix it".

The float parade belongs in the latter.

Topics:  hervey bay, jessica grewal, opinion, whale festival illumination parade



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