Edi­tor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK - Greg Mclean Edi­tor

ANY­ONE who wishes to com­plain about the process which en­dorsed the re­vised Water­front plan this week or claim any con­spir­acy the­o­ries on be­half of Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil should first read the sev­eral hun­dred pages of re­ports which can be found on the coun­cil web­site.

Yes, a la­goon in the tidal zone would be a fan­tas­tic idea and it looks sen­sa­tional, but the re­al­ity is I have more chances of win­ning Lotto than such a con­cept has of be­ing ap­proved by the jun­gle of bu­reau­crats and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments which would de­cide its fate - and I don’t even buy Lotto tick­ets.

The re­al­ity is, in this day and age of in­creased reg­u­la­tion, the tidal zone op­tion for a la­goon pool sim­ply isn’t one.

The Gazette reg­u­larly crit­i­cises and ques­tions the de­ci­sions of the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and rightly so, but on this oc­ca­sion the peo­ple in­volved in bring­ing the Water­front de­sign to fruition de­serve full marks.

It has been a long and ex­haus­tive process and the adop­tion of the plan re­ally only marks the be­gin­ning of the next chap­ter to se­cure fund­ing from state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, but the process has been noth­ing but dil­li­gent and fair.

A sur­vey of just un­der five per cent of the Dou­glas re­gion pop­u­la­tion found that around three-quar­ters of res­i­dents sup­port a la­goon pool as part of the Water­front.

You don’t need to an­a­lyse the hun­dreds of pages of re­ports which cover con­su­la­tion with the com­mu­nity, in­de­pen­dent ad­vice and in­put from gov­ern­ment de­part­ments very hard to re­alise the best op­tion for the Water­front has been adopted.

The ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion want the Water­front pro­ject to get started sooner rather than later to stim­u­late our de­pressed con­struc­tion in­dus­try and in­ject tens of mil­lions of dol­lars into our lo­cal econ­omy dur­ing that phase.

Coun­cil is now equipped with the tools to prove to gov­ern­ments of the mer­its of the Water­front pro­ject.

If the com­mu­nity doesn’t want to get on board then we will miss an op­por­tu­nity that is un­likely to come around again for at least a decade.

Ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to their opin­ion, but if you want it to be an in­formed one then it is worth read­ing up on the facts.

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