Be friendly folk
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.