Di­vi­sion over plan

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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.

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