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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK - Greg Mclean Man­ag­ing editor

THE Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s en­dorse­ment of Stage 1 of the Port Dou­glas Wa­ter­front could be just the kick­start the re­gion needs to re­vi­talise our lo­cal econ­omy.

There are still a few pretty big hoops to jump through to se­cure the $10 mil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing un­der the RDAF pro­gram, but if ever there was a suit­able project to help stim­u­late a re­gional area then this is it.

Un­for­tu­nately, the three coun­cil­lors who voted against sup­port­ing the Wa­ter­front ap­pli­ca­tion don’t share the fore­sight of the coun­cil of­fi­cers who spent hundreds of hours analysing the po­ten­tial projects.

For Coun­cil­lor Nancy Lanskey to put for­ward a project ahead of the Wa­ter­front which doesn’t even meet the RDAF cri­te­ria, it says a lot about her in­tel­li­gence, or lack thereof.

If the Wa­ter­front does get the nod from the Fed­eral Govern­ment, then the project will at­tract hope­fully dozens of tradies back to the area.

The Dou­glas re­gion needs a vi­able con­struc­tion in­dus­try to sus­tain busi­nesses through the lean times, and pro­vid­ing de­vel­op­ments are done in ac­cor­dance with plan­ning laws and fit in with the lo­cal land­scape then we need them more than ever. There are pos­i­tive signs on the hori­zon, there is help on the way, we just need to wait for the cavalry to ar­rive.

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