THE consultants’ recommendation to build the Waterfront lagoon pool in what is now the car park adjacent to Anzac Park is the right one.
The original site envisaged in the tidal zone behind the Sugar Wharf, while visually spectacular, is simply a nightmare technically which would cost many millions of dollars more, if it could be built there at all.
The other preferred location between Rex Smeal and Anzac Parks would have intruded in already-established parklands which would be better utilised under the recommended plan.
The final option - and surprisingly the most popular in an online community survey - behind the Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club goes against the whole concept of drawing more people towards the Waterfront.
Under the recommended proposal, visitors will immediately be welcomed to a sea of parkland, complimented by a 2000sq m hive of underwater activity.
Another great attribute of the suggested site is the focus on further enhancing the appeal of St Mary’s By the Sea.
While the quaint little church is already a gem, it does sit right next to a great big car park.
Under the proposal put forward by consultants, it will become the centrepiece of the Waterfront.
While boaties may be upset by the relocation of the boat ramp, from the first glance the facilities planned for the new ramp near the yacht club look better than what is available there now.
Cairns Regional Council is seeking feedback on the Waterfront Masterplan over the next month and anyone who has objections should make them known.
The plans put forward at the moment are not set in stone but council needs to get busy in the next few months to seek the support of the state and federal governments and secure their investment.
The Waterfront is not going to be built overnight, in fact it will probably be a couple of years before we see any works progress, and it is far from the financial saviour of the town.
But it does give the region some momentum, and something to look forward to, and we could all do with that.