Ed­i­tor’s com­ment:

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

PORT Dou­glas has missed a prime op­por­tu­nity to pres­sure both sides of pol­i­tics to put up a sub­stan­tial com­mit­ment to fund­ing the Waterfront.

On­go­ing de­bate about the lo­ca­tion of the la­goon pool has pro­vided both La­bor and LNP can­di­dates for the up­com­ing state elec­tion the per­fect ex­cuse to sim­ply wash their hands of stump­ing up the $20 mil­lion Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil is push­ing for as the State Gov­ern­ment’s con­tri­bu­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately I sus­pect the ma­jor­ity of those who are against the pro­posed la­goon lo­ca­tion have not both­ered to read the 300-plus page re­port which ex­plains in ex­plicit de­tails the prob­lems en­coun­tered with other po­ten­tial sites.

The area be­hind the surf club does not fit into the Port Dou­glas Mas­ter Plan and never has and would have lit­tle eco­nomic ben­e­fit for the ma­jor­ity of re­tail­ers.

The pro­posed site in the ti­dal zone has vir­tu­ally no chance of ever get­ting the en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals re­quired, no mat­ter how much peo­ple be­lieve in its mer­its. In the mean­time, the re­gion has missed out on a great op­por­tu­nity to push to a $35 mil­lion in­vest­ment which would cre­ate much-needed con­struc­tion jobs and would be a great as­set for tourism.

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