We cannot continue to go along thinking we will be okay
Like many of the locals, Senior Constable Jean wants answers from the State Government which made a promise in 2006 to build and upgrade centres to withstand a category five cyclone shelter in every community from Cooktown to Bundaberg.
“Ten to $15 million is not a lot to ask for in this community when we have had very little done here and places like Cairns and Edmonton have so much,” Mr Jean said.
“Another $16 million was announced for the upgrade of the Esplanade in Cairns last week, plus $6 million for bike track upgrades in Cairns and $4 million for a community centre in Edmonton - they may have a greater population but we pay rates to the same Council up here too.”
The proposed multi-purpose centre would include conference and meeting rooms, two indoor sports courts, a stage with dressing rooms, a kitchen, a fitness room with a kids club, male and female amenities and storage rooms.
“This facility could cater for school functions, private functions, concerts for both local and invited artists, dance competition, discos for teenagers, a cinema for locals and conferences for local businesses,” Senior Constable Jean said.
“There are a number of reasons why we see teenagers causing problems within the community because there are no facilities, or very few which allow them to occupy their time better by not getting bored and then seeking out things to do which can lead to illegal activities or stupid behaviour.
“I hear every week of those moving from this are or not coming here because there is not enough public facilities here for families.
“We need to see Port Douglas and the surrounding regions come together as a group and build something that will spill over all facets of the community life including the tourism and the local community.”