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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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

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