Standoff on funding for Port waterfront
A MEXICAN standoff is developing over the future of the Port Douglas waterfront.
While both state and federal politicians have said they would like to back the project, neither state MP Jason O’Brien nor federal MP Warren Entsch is willing to put their stamp on the project without more information.
However the first detailed study on the waterfront rejuvenation, which many businesses are hoping will revive the town, will not be ready until the Queensland and Australian budgets for 2011-12 are well-developed.
The best the ailing tourist town can hope for in the short term is a commitment from the state government to hand back all proceeds from the sale of marina leases to Meridien.
However, there has been no indication by Meridien that the marina company is able or willing to pay the $30-40m which the leases are estimated to be worth.
The other possible lifeline is the federal government’s $10bn regional development fund, which was announced shortly after the federal election.
However, the fund has not yet disbursed a cent and it is again unclear when Canberra will be ready to start signing cheques.
“The state government budget is put together in December and January,” Mr Cook said.
“To get something out of that, I really need something now.
Coordinator Jenny White revealed on Monday that Santa Clause will be making a visit to the event to help locals celebrate the festive activities planned for the day.
Last year’s Christmas party was a great turnout which saw 1800 people with a long list of businesses involved to help organise the event.
“We are hoping that the locals and businesses get involved to assist us hosting a community event for the locals,” she said.
The Christmas Party is offered free to the community with the assistance of the Cairns Regional Council.
“We are looking for groups to offer child-friendly activities as part of these celebrations. The activity will need to be free to participate in and provide some
“However, I understand there is a process, which can be painful at times, and council is trying to get this right.
“The lagoon pool has a touch of sexiness about it, but we need a staging plan for the entire redevelopment.
“The waterfront master plan tells us where we are going. The question is, how do we stage it and how long does the journey take?”
Division 10 councillor Julia Leu said the Cairns Cultural Precinct had only received state support after a detailed analysis.
“The initial support from Brisbane was dependent on the final design,” she said.
“The land contribution was fabulous, and a similar commitment needs to be given for the Port Douglas waterfront. We’re moving as fast as we can, developing a lot of facets in parallel to move the project along as fast as possible.”
Cr Leu said she hoped the conditions of the regional development fund would soon become clear. “We might find out more as soon as this week. “There is a conference of the North Queensland Local Government Association in Port Douglas at the moment.
“I know a lot of the councils would be hoping to put in a bid, and we will all be waiting eagerly to find out what the parameters of the fund are.”
“Your organisation is welcome to advertise their services and place a collection box out for the activity you are offering but we are asking you to select and activity in which participants do not have to pay to be involved.”
The Mossman Chamber of Commerce is offering $100.00 towards setting up the costs required for these activities provided the activity meets the approval of the organising committee.
The event will display live entertainment from a variety of bands and also a show an array of vintage cars for local car lovers.
How long: the lagoon pool as envisioned in the Port Douglas Waterfront Master Plan
Organisation: Mossman Chamber of Commerce Interests: community Christmas party Contact: Jenny White CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and the locals are getting ready to celebrate the Mossman Community Christmas Party on Saturday 4th December.
entertainment, be safe and appropriate for children,” she said.