Water­front master­plan should be ad­hered to

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

RE: THE ar­ti­cle “La­goon wake-up call” ( Gazette, Novem­ber 11).

It has to be as­sumed that this re­port of a se­cret meet­ing de­signed to ex­pe­dite the im­ple­men­ta­tion of one small part of the Water­front Master­plan was con­vened by War­ren Entsch at the request of a small group of movers and shak­ers re­ferred to var­i­ously by your re­porter as a “con­sor­tium” and “the com­mu­nity”.

They ap­pear to be a spe­cial in­ter­est lobby group, they do not rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity.

Three mem­bers of the Water­front Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee were also in­vited to view the group’s plans for a pool in the water­front park.

The group would have been bet­ter ad­vised to ask to present its ideas to the whole of the mem­ber­ship of the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee in the in­ter­ests of trans­parency and nor­mal pro­to­col.

The com­mis­sion given to this com­mit­tee is con­tained in the Water­front Master­plan.

Crit­ics of the com­mit­tee should take time to read the text, not just the il­lus­tra­tions, to gain an un­der­stand­ing of the com­mu­nity’s vi­sion for its water­front which in­formed Ur­bis, the de­sign­ers.

The Master­plan will be im­ple­mented as quickly as le­gal ne­ces­si­ties and proper dili­gence al­low with ref­er­ence back to the com­mu­nity as the stages progress.

This has been a unique op­por­tu­nity for Port Dou­glas to own, de­sign and freely en­joy its water­front and we must thank our for­mer Dou­glas Shire Mayor for his vi­sion.

It is not a com­mer­cial ven­ture nor is it

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