OPINION: Our businesses missed the boat

COMMENT BY MAYOR MARK JAMIESON: MOST of you will have been disappointed last Saturday to see the Pacific Pearl leave our shores before passengers could disembark and enjoy our hospitality.

But for the captain of a ship of that size, with not only the safety but also the enjoyment of 1800 passengers to constantly consider, a lot of decisions had to be weighed up.

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Ships like Pacific Pearl have very sophisticated technology for gauging and predicting weather, and the captain has to consider not only the weather at the time of passengers boarding tender boats to come to shore, but also to make a judgment on the weather at the time the boats would return with the passengers later in the day.

In this case, all indicators were that the swell - already tested by one of the tender boats and Whale One in the morning and proving difficult - would be too dangerous by the afternoon for the tender boats to bring passengers back to the ship.

It has been made clear to me that P&O is extremely keen to put Mooloolaba on its destination map permanently, and that no-one was more disappointed than they were.

I would like to say to P&O management that, having visited and spoken to many businesses immediately following the cancellation, it's my view the community's enthusiasm for more visits from Pacific Pearl and other ships has not waned in the least.

Nor has mine.

Many people came down to Mooloolaba for the day anyway and many traders reported a good day's trading as a result, so all was not lost.

I am very proud of the community's understanding and resilience in the wake of this event.

We all know the weather is the weather - and bad luck is just that.


MY CHOSEN charity this week is one of the most loved of all here on the Coast.

The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge is an independent, non-profit, charitable organisation and has a strictly regulated non-euthanasia policy. It also runs education programs on responsible animal ownership.

All cats and dogs admitted to the refuge are vet-checked, vaccinated, wormed, de-sexed, micro-chipped and medically treated if necessary before being available for sale.

It has comprehensive terms and conditions of sale to ensure the animals are adopted into an appropriately loving home.

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