Port Chamber issues support for lagoon
THE Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce has thrown its weight behind the Cairns Regional Council plan to build a lagoon pool near St Mary’s by the Sea.
“The Chamber sees the proposed redevelopment of the Waterfront as a key element of revitalising the town and ensuring the continued prosperity of the tourism industry,” chamber president Ken Dobbs said.
Mr Dobbs is also a member of the Port Douglas Waterfront Masterplan Advisory Committee.
Two members of the advisory committee resigned last week in protest at what they called council’s unwillingness to consult or listen to community concerns.
“The investment in the waterfront park and the proposed redevelopment of the marina will be a huge economic benefit to Port Douglas and the Cairns region both during the construction phase and afterwards,” Mr Dobbs said.
“The inclusion of a lagoon pool is a vital ingredient in creating a focal point for visitors and locals and is necessary to combat the ongoing problems created by stingers during half the year.”
Mr Dobbs said every chamber committee member at the regular Monday meeting this week supported council’s position.
“We recognise there are different views on the location of the lagoon pool,” he said.
“However, we agree with the consultants that the proposed location is the most viable and achievable and meets all the requirements for a visually impressive and effective, safe swimming facility.”