Edi­tor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK - Greg Mclean Man­ag­ing edi­tor

WHILE the com­mu­nity cer­tainly de­serves one, the Dou­glas re­gion should also be very grate­ful to be one of only 10 places in Queens­land to re­ceive a cy­clone shel­ter.

At the top of that list should be the Dubai sheik who con­trib­uted $30 mil­lion af­ter Cy­clone Yasi in Fe­bru­ary to build cy­clone shel­ters across the Far North.

To be hon­est I can’t even re­call his name and have no idea what prompted him to make such a gen­er­ous ges­ture, but his con­tri­bu­tion will no doubt save lives.

His ef­forts pretty much painted the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment into a cor­ner to stump up an equal amount to­wards the con­struc­tion of cy­clone shel­ters in the state.

Premier Anna Bligh’s an­nounce­ment of match­ing the sheik’s fund­ing came only a few months af­ter her rep­re­sen­ta­tives told the Gazette the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment would not be honouring a com­mit­ment from her pre­de­ces­sor to build cy­clone shel­ters across the vul­ner­a­ble Far North.

Mem­ber for Cook Ja­son O’Brien also de­serves recog­ni­tion for stat­ing a strong case for the Dou­glas re­gion to re­ceive a cy­clone shel­ter, as there were plenty of com­mu­ni­ties which put their hand up and also had a strong case but were un­suc­cess­ful.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil also played a sig­nif­i­cant role on pro­mot­ing the ben­e­fits of a cy­clone shel­ter in the Dou­glas re­gion, con­sid­er­ing the best al­ter­na­tive we have is an in­suit­able in­door sports cen­tre.

While all of these ef­forts have been wel­comed, some of the good work could cer­tainly come un­done if the plan­ning is rushed through.

Com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers who have sat in on meet­ings with gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives ap­pear con­fused and frus­trated the pro­posed cy­clone shel­ter is be­ing done with­out proper con­sul­ta­tion.

It re­mains un­clear what the cy­clone shel­ter will be used for for the ma­jor­ity of time, and early sug­ges­tions it would be a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity are now clouded.

Emer­gency ser­vices are also not too happy about the fact there will be no pro­vi­sion for park­ing.

Yes, the com­mu­nity ap­pre­ci­ates the fact we are get­ting a cy­clone shel­ter, but we want to get it right.

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