Port ‘at crisis point’
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.