We can­not con­tinue to go along think­ing we will be okay

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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