Port la­goon a ne­ces­sity

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PORT Dou­glas must have a la­goon.

There are a small num­ber of lo­cals mak­ing a lot of noise with their un­founded fear of the con­se­quences of giv­ing the whole com­mu­nity a much­needed amenity and a vil­lage cen­tre point.

Tourism is what keeps this town go­ing with al­most the en­tire pop­u­la­tion, one way or an­other, re­ly­ing on the mil­lions of dol­lars in­jected into the lo­cal econ­omy by the very wel­come vis­i­tors.

Back­yard and ac­com­mo­da­tion pools do noth­ing to add to the ap­peal of Port Dou­glas, whereas a la­goon would be a ma­jor added at­trac­tion and of min­i­mum ex­pense, com­pared to the huge dol­lar value of in­creased tourism in the town.

Lo­cal fam­i­lies with young or teenage chil­dren will greatly ben­e­fit from the venue, while em­ploy­ment for a great num­ber of tradies will be gen­er­ated in the con­struc­tion phase, and on­go­ing jobs for gar­den­ers, clean­ers, life­guards and oth­ers will be cre­ated.

The lo­ca­tion of the la­goon will pro­vide a much needed re­treat on the days when the pre­vail­ing south east wind is lash­ing Four Mile Beach, and pro­vide a fam­ily and tourist at­trac­tion, avail­able all year round, de­spite the stinger sea­son.

All wa­ter from the la­goon is re­cy­cled

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