GOVERNMENT OBJECTIONS TO TIDAL ZONE LAGOON
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.