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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THERE is no doubt the floods which have dev­as­tated Queens­land and are now wreak­ing havoc on Vic­to­ria are go­ing to have a long-last­ing fi­nan­cial im­pact on the whole coun­try.

Never has Aus­tralia ex­pe­ri­enced such fi­nan­cially dam­ag­ing flood­ing, and this is sure to seap through to all cor­ners of the con­ti­nent in one way or the other.

With such a bleak out­look, it’s been very heart­en­ing to wit­ness so much good­will in the lo­cal com­mu­nity through do­na­tions for flood vic­tims.

But the im­pact will also be felt in the com­ing months and years as fed­eral and state fund­ing dries up to help pay for the re­cov­ery in flood-af­fected ar­eas.

In the Dou­glas re­gion, our lo­cal, state and fed­eral politi­cians will have a hard time ar­gu­ing for ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects with so much dam­age to re­pair.

One of the biggest ca­su­al­ties may be the water­front project in Port Dou­glas.

With de­lays ex­pected in govern­ment de­ci­sions to deal with the na­tional tragedy which has en­veloped the flood-rav­aged re­gions, the pos­i­tive is it does give us time to build a rock-solid case to in­vest in ma­jor projects such as the water­front.

The bot­tom line is the water­front devel­op­ment can­not go ahead with­out sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment from all lev­els of govern­ment, as well as the pri­vate sec­tor.

But gov­ern­ments also re­alise they still need to in­vest in ma­jor projects which make sense, and the water­front project cer­tainly fits in this cat­e­gory.

To en­sure the de­ci­sion-mak­ers have a tough time say­ing no, we have to put for­ward a wa­ter-tight ar­gu­ment.

There is lit­tle point rush­ing the water­front project in light of the re­cent flood-in­duced dev­as­ta­tion, so we might as well get the plan right in the first place.

That’s not to say there aren’t things that can be done to push the con­cept in the mean­time, but there is lit­tle point in try­ing to se­cure ma­jor in­vest­ment in the short-term when there are so many other ur­gent re­quire­ments.

Now is the time to speak up about how you would like the Dou­glas re­gion to progress, to put for­ward your ideas and work to­wards mak­ing them a re­al­ity when things fi­nally re­turn to nor­mal from a fund­ing point of view.

Put your mind to it and give your lo­cal politi­cians a few ideas.

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