Waterfront masterplan should be adhered to
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