Thursday, 16 July 2015
The Last Straw?
I listened to an interview on ABC Southern Queensland this morning with the head honcho from one of the regional councils on the Downs.
The issue was the granting of public accommodation licences to mining companies whose accommodation facilities were emptying rapidly as they transition from exploration to extraction. They reckon they can make a quid by getting into the Grey Nomad market.
This mayor, when asked about unfair competition with existing motels, said that was not part of the submission process.
I wonder how the moteliers in these towns feel about this.
The fact is, many are on the verge of bankruptcy as occupancy rates drop to almost zero, after they have invested heavily in extensions, refurbishments, and in some cases, new facilities in anticipation of the boom that never eventuated.
The local government authorities seem to be in league with the mining companies in a quest to destroy the communities that pay their salaries.
It's more than shameful.
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