Division over plan
WITH the Waterfront Master Plan approved last week to build the $20-million lagoon near St Mary’s by the Sea church, Council and other stakeholders now have to get funding from State and Commonwealth governments
But the plan has not been without its controversy and there are some who thought the swimminglagoon should have been built at the inlet site of the marina.
Port Douglas resident Alan Johnstone said he initially thought the inlet site was the better option to locate the lagoon and felt the Council pushed through its view to have it built adjacent to St Mary’s by the Sea.
“In the early stages I did get the feeling that it was the council’s ’their way or no way’, ” Mr Johnstone said.
“I thought that the other option was the better site, but now that the site has been chosen and approved, I am all for it and can see the building of the lagoon being a major boost for Port Douglas.
“Port Douglas has been depressed for a number of years and it definitely needs another boost such as this and it will be good to see the work finally begin,’’ he added.
President of the Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce, Ken Dobbs said that he was happy a decision had finally been made and that work could begin to make the project a reality.
“I thought another view should have prevailed and there were some members who were against the chosen site,” Mr Dobbs said.
“But now that the site has been finalised and chosen I think that it is great for Port Douglas.
“I now support Council’s plan 100 per cent to build the lagoon at the chosen site and that it is the best of the available options.”
The Council is displaying a blown-up version of the master plan in its office at 64 to 66 Front St in Mossman.
Copies of the plan are also at Mossman library and the Port Douglas library for people to view during office hours Monday to Friday.