Editor’s com­ment:

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

THE Far North com­mit­tee of the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Fund de­serve a slap in the face for re­ject­ing Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing for the Wa­ter­front.

While there is ob­vi­ous bias in my con­dem­na­tion of the three projects cho­sen to be put for­ward for fed­eral fund­ing, a sim­ple anal­y­sis of the three suc­cess­ful projects shows a dis­tinct lack of fore­sight on the com­mit­tee’s be­half.

Etheridge Shire Coun­cil’s plan to up­grade the Hann High­way is some­thing which should be done by govern­ment de­part­ments if it is re­quired re­gard­less.

The Ma­reeba Shire Job Train­ing As­so­ci­a­tion In­cor­po­rated’s plan to re­build a tourism in­for­ma­tion cen­tre is wor­thy, but again, if a tourism in­for­ma­tion cen­tre is burnt down as the pre­vi­ous one was, then surely there are other ways to fund it.

And the Tor­res Strait Is­land Re­gional Coun­cil’s ap­pli­ca­tion to build sea walls so res­i­dents aren’t swept away by the tide is a project you would think should be funded by gov­ern­ments re­gard­less.

I thought the RDAF was meant to be for vi­sion­ary projects which proved ben­e­fi­cial for re­gions and con­trib­uted to the fi­nan­cial health of com­mu­ni­ties. If a ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture project in one of Aus­tralia’s ma­jor re­gional tourism lo­ca­tions fails, then so does the cri­te­ria.

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