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.