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.