Edi­tor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

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