Premier promise hollow
THE original announcement by Premier Anna Bligh for an evacuation centre in Port Douglas painted a vastly different picture to the one revealed at a recent meeting with officials at the Port Douglas State School.
Premier Bligh had stated earlier that ”these facilities will be 99.9 percent of the time for year round public use, sports clubs, community groups etc, never to be closed up and hopefully never used as disaster shelters”. At the recent meeting the opening comment from the official speaker was, “99.9 percent of the time this will be a school facility”.
The meeting was mostly about what the school needed in the new “school building”.
No one is quite sure when this latest model was decided, as it was not made public.
It is great that we are getting this facility but it is important that it compliment our town/region - ie it has economic value as well, allowing us to explore sports tourism, theatre and entertainment events.
To do this properly the facility would need to be bigger and have things like a gym, lap pool and tiered seating.
A facility like this would also put us in a great position to request a bigger slice of current events like the Cairns Challenge, adding a much need string to our tourism bow.
Increasing the size of the venue would also help with “actual” (and future) demand