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.