Port Cham­ber is­sues sup­port for la­goon

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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