Edi­tor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

RE­GARD­LESS of where you be­lieve the Water­front la­goon pool should be, the news this week that a pre­ferred site had been cho­sen is pos­i­tive news.

There are still plenty of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who be­lieve the la­goon pool is a waste of money.

While it is best to re­serve judge­ment un­til the fi­nal cost­ings come out, you only have to look around Port Dou­glas for places to take young chil­dren dur­ing stinger sea­son to re­alise it’s a least a step in the right direc­tion.

It also has to be re­mem­bered that any cost for the Water­front is likely to be shared equally be­tween lo­cal, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

While there will be on­go­ing costs for ratepay­ers to main­tain the la­goon pool, we are al­ready fork­ing out for the Cairns la­goon pool, so we might as well share the bur­den with them and have one of our own.

And it’s not just the la­goon pool we need to fo­cus on in the greater Water­front de­bate.

The pro­ject will transform the land­scape in the main part of town with new park­lands, the re­align­ment of Mow­bray St and re­lo­ca­tion of the boat ramp to near the yacnt club.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil needs to work through any re­main­ing is­sues to en­sure that when the leases sur­round­ing the car park ex­pire next year, then all the re­quire­ments have been met to get a shovel in the ground.

That gives the coun­cil 12 months to set­tle on a fi­nal plan, is­sue ten­ders for con­struc­tion and se­cure com­mit­ments from the other lev­els of gov­ern­ment to get the ball rolling.

The Water­front rede­vel­op­ment has been a tough slog over many years for many lo­cal peo­ple who had the vi­sion to push for the re­ju­ve­na­tion.

Coun­cil is on board now but the mo­men­tum needs to be main­tained so the pro­ject isn’t swal­lowed up by other re­gions stick­ing their hand out for fed­eral and state as­sis­tance.

Port Dou­glas needs the Water­front rede­vel­op­ment and we as a com­mu­nity need to get be­hind the pro­ject to show a united front so when it comes to se­cur­ing the money to build it there will be no ar­gu­ments.

If you dis­agree with the Water­front, then come up with an­other idea to help stim­u­late the lo­cal econ­omy and pro­vide a com­mu­nity as­set we can all en­joy.

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