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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

for tack­ling the is­sue of in­creased and in­ap­pro­pri­ate traf­fic flow on Old Port Rd.

I have been con­cerned about the prob­lem for some time but have done noth­ing about it.

The Gazette ar­ti­cle “Old Port Rd pe­ti­tion gains sup­port” is timely. It is also a wake-up call. I would like to urge lo­cal res­i­dents to rally to­gether and lobby Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil in a show of con­certed com­mu­nity sup­port.

The prob­lem is real and get­ting worse.

I moved to Bird­wing St in Port Gar­dens be­cause the back of our prop­erty over­looks the tree-cov­ered gar­dens ad­join­ing Sea Tem­ple golf club. It should be a quiet and peace­ful area.

You’d ex­pect lo­cal traf­fic noise on Old Port Rd, but the in­creased use of the road by heavy ve­hi­cles - par­tic­u­larly buses tak­ing a short cut - is hav­ing a detri­men­tal ef­fect on this very pleas­ant res­i­den­tial area.

Speed­ing cars and mo­tor­bikes are also a sig­nif­i­cant safety is­sue and Port Dou­glas po­lice have ev­ery right to be con­cerned.

It is only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one gets se­ri­ously hurt.

Come on lo­cal res­i­dents, some­thing needs to be done.

The present sit­u­a­tion is far from sat­is­fac­tory and es­ca­lat­ing.

Sup­port Tim and his cause and have your say too. THE po­ten­tial rein­vig­o­ra­tion of Port Dou­glas through the Sher­a­ton and Water­front la­goon is promis­ing, how­ever how about some easy steps to make the place more cus­tomer­friendly.

For ex­am­ple, try park­ing in Macrossan St now, pre­dom­i­nantly oc­cu­pied by busi­ness own­ers and staff. Yes, I did a sur­vey. Some busi­nesses even have the name of their com­pany on their cars to ad­ver­tise that they are more im­por­tant than cus­tomers and park where a cus­tomer could park.

A num­ber of ac­com­mo­da­tion places in the main street area have va­cant car park­ing spaces.

I am sure the lo­cal busi­nesses could or­gan­ise this.

At worst, some­one has to walk, the busi­ness pro­pri­etor/staff or is it to be the cus­tomer.

It would also be help­ful to cus­tomers if lo­cal busi­nesses would dis­play their open­ing hours, even if the sign says “open when the fish aren’t bit­ing”.

It then quan­ti­fies cus­tomers’ ex­pec­ta­tions.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Port Dou­glas.

But we could do bet­ter with what we have, es­pe­cially if we are go­ing to rely on vis­i­tors to the area - let’s make it easy for them.

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