Get it right first time
You say hunters, maybe you should have said illegal poacher, as we local hunters know this place is used mainly by poachers from Cairns.
Corien Aan Het Rot seems to say locals go there and have a few cold beers while they sit by the water’s edge, then in the next breath seems to imply the hunters are leaving the pile of beer cans.
Animal activist Colin Riddell, working with Bob Irwin and Warren Entsch, say it’s a disgusting scene.
I’ll give you my opinion of what is a disgusting scene which should be outlawed one day.
It’s gamin people acting like they really care of want to change the world.
The Government won’t listen to you, or listen to us, you’re only stirring up the $1 Gazette readers.
Our law was very strong, especially in hunting, and can be again.
You want to save the native species, well get your Government to change laws to deal with your feral cane toad, miner birds, pigeons, pigs and so on.
And are you implying the Sea Shepherd is going to work with you to try and ram our hunting boats?
Go and ram the prawn trawlers, long-line fishers, the oil rigs or maybe you can tell your people to stop eating prawns and fish and while you’re at it, maybe get people not to use oil or fuel.
Oh, that’s right, you follow your brave Government leaders - when they want to divert from the real problems they focus on the minority who have less power to object.
Australian Aborigines have just been given back some native title rights and most likely as our elders have told us, they’ll take it back off you.
Three fingers pointing back at you. disrupting the business and income of this extremely hard-working couple.
Yes, it is easy to shrug your shoulders and go "oh well" when it doesn’t affect you or your weekly income.
I feel there should be laws to protect the self-employed from suffering financial losses due to building works disrupting businesses. PORT Douglas is a tourist town for better or worse, whether one likes it or not. We survive on tourism. Period. Cairns, Townsville and Airlie Beach all have lagoon pools on their beachfronts.
They all enjoy a much better low/wet season because of this. Do we want to be second best? We need the lagoon pool, it should be adjacent to our fabulous Four Mile Beach, which is one of the main attractions our visitors come to see.
During the stinger/wet season, tourists and locals can relax on the beach, go for a stroll along the foreshore and then have a dip in the lagoon pool to cool off.
Why would we take away a car park that is much-needed and put the pool looking at a muddy inlet, and as one local pointed out a couple weeks ago “between a church and a toilet block”?
We need that car park in the high season, as well as for the Sunday markets which are also an important part of Port life.
Come on people, we do not need any more accommodation places in Port.
Look around at how many shops are empty or doing it really tough.
Do we really need another shopping centre when Macrossan St struggles now? We have spoken to many people and none of them want the pool between the church and the Tin shed.
Did the council look at the survey results or are they just being driven by developers’ dollars?
If enough of us speak up maybe we can stop this and put the pool in the logical place, by the surf club.
Here there is plenty of room for it without taking away infrastructure we can’t replace. town. However, I have to agree with Stephen Stewart ( Gazette, April 7).
The lagoon is a complete folly, it will simply be another costly "white elephant", and we cannot afford to let it go ahead.
I would like to offer an alternative way for the Council to spend our money - a Great Barrier Reef Interpretive Centre.
This idea was mooted years ago by the Low Isles Preservation Society when it leased the Sugar Wharf and they couldn’t even raise the required $5 million.
Now Cairns Regional Council wants to spend $20 million on a swimming pool that will not attract any extra visitors to the town, have huge ongoing costs, and during the season will never compete with Four Mile Beach. It works in Cairns because they have the numbers, and no beaches within walking distance.
The majority of locals love it here, even in the wet season, but the majority of tourists don’t come here in the wet, and never will.
Our main attractions, the reef and the Daintree, are what attract them. Interpretive centres for the rainforest are well-established, especially with the new Mossman Gorge Gateway centre, but you have to go to Townsville to find an equivalent for the reef.
We all know the reef is our greatest asset - that’s mainly why people come here. The tour operators do an excellent job promoting, explaining, and showing it off, but there is a desperate need for an all-weather centre interpreting the reef for all ages.
And there are enough creative minds in this country to create a world-class facility, a "must see" attraction to enhance the reef experience, or simply a place to leave the children for a couple of hours knowing they will be supervised within an interesting learning environment.
How on Earth did this short-sighted lagoon idea get up? It needs to be put back in its box and buried forever.
Let’s see some common sense prevail.