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.