Nothing wrong with ‘special lobby group’
could be bypassed behind closed doors.
Now we have Warren Entsch (what waterfront plan?) and friends wanting to override the waterfront public consultation and committee process for what?
This reminds me a little of the dying years/months of the Douglas Shire Council. A few questions. How many pools does Port need? How many resorts do not have a pool? Who really wants the pool? Has anyone spent time on the Cairns Esplanade - ever go swim and picnic on the “Nade”?
A lot of backpackers - not the biggest spenders to the Douglas region at all.
I thought this area wished to be regarded as a 4 and 5-star destination.
If our marketing brains in Port Douglas really think that putting a pool in Dickson’s Inlet is going to change not only tourism but the economy in this area than maybe they need to think again.
A pool ain’t going to change much but our rates. Crocodiles - say no more. Security - who’s paying for the all day and night security?
When the pubs and bars close and the merry visitors and locals want to go swimming, are the behind door crowd going to pay?
I’m sure the police will be delighted at having this pool so close.
Would it not be a wiser choice to investigate the area behind the surf club, where a properly fenced and landscaped pool could complement that forgotten section of the waterfront?
There is already a swimming culture established with a well-organised club, which I’m sure would appreciate the paid lifeguards’ work.
But really the main issue is Dickson’s Inlet itself.
Putting a pool in Dickson’s Inlet is as environmental as putting a subdivision on wetlands at Wonga.
What is radically changing the coastline near the inlet mouth going to do to the silt,the tides, the birds?
This is a much loved and appreciated area just as it is.
I know it’s all politics but let’s think about the practicalities and the inlet.
Don’t screw with our coastal environment anymore. and fellow neighbours, you should all be very proud of yourselves. I DON’T understand why it is such a terrible thing that a “special interest lobby group” has its finger in the Waterfront Lagoon pie (Toni McNamara letter, Gazette, November 18). She should rejoice this private initiative.
A small part of the masterplan can be realised soon, rather than having to wait 10 years as per masterplan timetable.
What was “secret” when three members of the Waterfront Advisory Committee were invited to attend the private meeting?
Toni’s advisory committee consists entirely of members representing special interest groups. Contributors are the Waterfront Association, LIPS, the fishermen, the Historical Society, the developer Meridien, the Chamber of Commerce and the local environment group represented by Toni on her green hobby horse.
With the finalisation of the waterfront masterplan and its acceptance by the Cairns Regional Council last month, the Waterfront Advisory Committee became redundant. It does not represent our community, but rather only the views of its members.
Members of our community don’t need to consult or seek permission from the Waterfront Advisory Committee as suggested.
The waterfront masterplan belongs to all of us and good luck to the people who want to get on with it. “I think it is a very good idea we definitely need more in Mossman. The Gateway is going to open up more jobs for locals and invite more tourists to the area which will be great for the region.
“To be honest I don’t know anything about it. I live in Mossman but I haven’t heard much at all really.”