Ed­i­tor’s com­ment:

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

MELBOURNE Busi­ness School Pro­fes­sor Sel­wyn D’souza couldn’t have summed it up any bet­ter when he sug­gested the lo­cal com­mu­nity had blown a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for a $60 mil­lion in­vest­ment from all lev­els of gov­ern­ment with the Waterfront project due to in­de­ci­sion and in­fight­ing.

Gov­ern­ments gen­er­ally look for op­por­tu­ni­ties not to in­vest money while at the same time sug­gest­ing they want to help you.

Let’s face it, if they helped ev­ery com­mu­nity that stuck their hand out there would be none left in the kitty for their healthy re­tire­ment funds.

But there ap­peared to be many el­e­ments of the Waterfront con­cept which had sur­vived com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and stood up to scru­tiny.

Along this vein, it was dis­ap­point­ing to hear the Unity team’s may­oral can­di­date Bob Man­ning proudly an­nounce one of the first things he would do if elected would be con­duct a full re­view of the Waterfront plans.

In the next breath he ad­mit­ted he hadn’t ac­tu­ally read the re­port he wanted re­viewed.

If politi­cians lo­cal or oth­er­wise want to make bold state­ments about vi­tal plans for our fu­ture, it would be ap­pre­ci­ated if they took the time to un­der­stand what they are crit­i­cal of in the first place.

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