GOV­ERN­MENT OB­JEC­TIONS TO TIDAL ZONE LA­GOON

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Re­source Man­age­ment be­lieves the de­vel­op­ment would “have no prospects of ap­proval” un­der the Queens­land Coastal Plan be­cause it could not meet the en­vi­ron­men­tal re­quire­ments

DERM has con­cerns na­tive ti­tle has not been ex­tin­guished in the tidal zone

Gov­ern­ment agency ARUP (coastal en­gi­neer­ing) be­lieves a tidal la­goon would re­quire in­creased dredg­ing to main­tain wa­ter flow into the en­closed beach area.

The Depart­ment of Em­ploy­ment, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and In­no­va­tion (Fish­eries) would only is­sue de­vel­op­ment ap­proval if there was no vi­able al­ter­na­tives to a la­goon and in­structed coun­cil it would refuse a DA for the tidal zone on the grounds a fea­si­bil­ity study proves an al­ter­na­tive site ex­ists

The Depart­ment of Sus­tain­abil­ity, En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter, Pop­u­la­tion and Com­mu­ni­ties is un­likely to ap­prove the site as it is par­tially lo­cated within a World Her­itage-listed area with threat­ened and mi­gra­tory species and an al­ter­na­tive site ex­ists A de­tailed out­line of gov­ern­ment ob­jec­tions can be found in the Port Dou­glas Mas­ter Plan Im­ple­men­ta­tion Con­sul­ta­tion Re­port on the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil web­site.

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