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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THE Port Dou­glas com­mu­nity only has a small win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to get be­hind the Water­front pro­posal or we will miss the fund­ing bus ... again.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has $1 bil­lion in fund­ing to be al­lo­cated over the next 12 months to ru­ral projects which sup­port com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

While this sounds like a lot of money, and it is, there are com­mu­ni­ties all around Aus­tralia putting their hand up for a slice of the pie.

The Port Dou­glas Water­front pro­ject has a head­start on most other cen­tres be­cause of our de­pressed econ­omy and the pro­ject’s re­liance on fed­eral fund­ing to bring it to fruition.

If the com­mu­nity is bit­terly di­vided in its sup­port for any pro­posal put for­ward, then the bu­reau­crats hold­ing the purse-strings will fac­tor that into their anal­y­sis when weigh­ing up which projects to con­trib­ute to.

While some peo­ple would pre­fer to have no la­goon pool at all, oth­ers are adamant it should be in the tidal zone and the com­mu­nity should wait for a pro­posal that in­cor­po­rates this de­sign be­fore sup­port­ing it.

Well ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to their opin­ion, but if that’s your attitude you might find we are de­bat­ing the same prob­lems in 20 years time, and the cost will be a lot more than the cur­rent $40 mil­lion.

There have been calls for a la­goon pool in Port Dou­glas for decades, but right now is the first fea­si­ble op­por­tu­nity to ac­tu­ally have one built.

Calls to have the la­goon pool built next to the surf life­sav­ing club have about as much chance of suc­ceed­ing as me win­ning Lotto, and I never have and never will buy a ticket.

The whole con­cept of hav­ing a Water­front precinct is to keep it in the one area and there is also the mat­ter of try­ing to re­vi­talise the re­tail district.

Nei­ther of these causes are achie­ve­able by build­ing the la­goon pool next to Four Mile Beach.

Ev­ery­one who has an opin­ion on the Water­front and la­goon pool should at least take the time to look at the de­tail of the pro­posal be­fore dis­miss­ing it.

If the com­mu­nity de­ter­mines this op­tion isn’t for us, then that’s fine but be pre­pared to shelve any con­cept of a la­goon pool for at least a decade.

Be pre­pared to com­pro­mise a lit­tle if you want to gain a lot.

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