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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

HERE’S hop­ing Premier Anna Bligh’s ac­tions speak louder than her words.

While the Premier’s an­nounce­ment last week while vis­it­ing Port Dou­glas that the State Gov­ern­ment would in­vest any wind­fall re­ceived from the sale of the Port Dou­glas mar­rina land back into the com­mu­nity - es­ti­mated at up to $40 mil­lion - it wouldn’t be the first time a politi­cian has gone back on their word if it didn’t ac­tu­ally hap­pen.

Only in the past few days have we seen Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard eat her own state­ment over the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s planned in­tro­duc­tion of a car­bon tax, an ini­tia­tive she ruled out only last Au­gust dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.

But for the mo­ment you can only take the Premier on what she has com­mit­ted her Gov­ern­ment to. Fur­ther­more, Premier Bligh said the State Gov­ern­ment would not wait for the sale of the ma­rina land - which could be as far as 10 years from be­ing fi­nalised - be­fore in­vest­ing the po­ten­tial wind­fall on projects in the re­gion.

These state­ments only give fur­ther ur­gency to get­ting the Water­front de­vel­op­ment off the ground.

At least the Premier came to see first­hand the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of a low Aus­tralian dol­lar, the neg­a­tive per­cep­tion of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and a pro­longed pe­riod of fi­nan­cial hard­ship trig­gered by the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis three years ago on our lo­cal econ­omy.

Now armed with that knowl­edge, it is fresh in her mind and she has ac­knowl­edged the com­mu­nity de­serves the many mil­lions of dol­lars the State Gov­ern­ment will reap from the sale of the ma­rina land.

The Water­front pro­ject can­not be rushed in the plan­ning stage, but it can cer­tainly be rushed into im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The fi­nal out­come of the fea­si­bil­ity study into the la­goon pool will be an­nounced later this month and there are many more as­pects of the Water­front, such as the re­align­ment of Mow­bray St, which prob­a­bly bear far more im­por­tance and cost.

It is up to the com­mu­nity to keep the pres­sure on all lev­els of gov­ern­ment - lo­cal, state and fed­eral - to com­mit to the pro­ject and fast-track any con­tri­bu­tions once the nec­es­sary plans are in place. One only has to look at re­cent oc­cu­pancy rates to re­alise we need it.

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