Port ‘at cri­sis point’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

PORT Dou­glas and the rest of the old shire is reach­ing a cri­sis point where it’s very DNA is un­der threat.

There is a ma­jor dis­con­nect be­tween elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the bu­reau­cracy re­spon­si­ble for our part of the world.

A few staff con­tinue to con­done the de­struc­tive van­dal­ism of the co­conut trees on Four Mile Beach in the name of “reveg­e­ta­tion” and “com­mu­nity has al­ready been con­sulted”. What ab­so­lute rub­bish. This same ex­ec­u­tive also over­saw the de­ba­cle on Front St, Moss­man and ar­guably one of the most ap­palling ex­am­ples of ur­ban de­sign imag­in­able be­ing the “re­vamped” Es­planade in Port Dou­glas.

Also they presided over the ug­li­ness of a bright fence snaking its way up the head­land on Is­land Point vis­i­ble from miles out to sea in com­plete con­tra­ven­tion of the vis­ual amenity driv­ers in our town plan.

What can we do about this chasm be­tween lo­cal val­ues and for­tu­nately just some iso­lated parts of the coun­cil?

When the amal­ga­ma­tion oc­curred I took the view it was bet­ter to work with the coun­cil rather than fight it to en­sure the best out­come for Dou­glas.

But I have now come to the re­al­i­sa­tion that un­der the cur­rent regime Port Dou­glas will just be­come an­other sub­urb of Cairns at great ex­pense to all ratepay­ers.

The case for de-amal­ga­ma­tion is be­come more po­tent as anger in the com­mu­nity grows. The co­conut tree de­ba­cle is the straw that broke the elephant’s back.

As a ratepayer could the CEO please an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tions?

How much is coun­cil charg­ing the Dou­glas di­vi­sion for travel costs, staff charges and equip­ment move­ments from Cairns to the ex-dou­glas Shire?

How much has Coun­cil been charged for con­sul­tant fees for projects in our shire?

Can you pro­vide a full break­down on costs for the Port Dou­glas Waterfront since amal­ga­ma­tion?

Why has the Waterfront Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee in Port Dou­glas not had a meet­ing since Au­gust last year yet coun­cil de­ci­sions con­tinue to be made on out­comes on the waterfront?

When is the coun­cil go­ing to ap­ply for a re­place­ment of the co­conut trees they re­moved with­out wide com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and in con­tra­ven­tion of the coun­cil’s own plan­ning pol­icy?

We need a new coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive that can con­nect with the com­mu­nity rather than dic­tate to it or watch the in­evitabil­ity of de-amal­ga­ma­tion.

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