‘Bloomin’ con­tentious

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

I AM writ­ing in re­sponse to Mike D’arcy’s ar­ti­cle in your pa­per re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the Bloom­field Track.

I agree with Mike that any up­grad­ing of the track is a con­tentious is­sue when so many pos­si­bil­i­ties can change the whole out­look for the en­tire re­gion, for bet­ter or worse.

As Mike has pointed out the seal­ing of the track will en­cour­age more trav­ellers to ven­ture far­ther north than Cape Tribu­la­tion and will cer­tainly be of ben­e­fit to busi­nesses who pro­vide accommodation, have re­tail, gen­eral stores and fuel out­lets. But it will be detri­men­tal to tour op­er­a­tors of­fer­ing a unique ex­pe­ri­ence with guided fourwheel-drives and those who en­joy off road driv­ing.

Also many lo­cals will miss the quiet am­bi­ence of driv­ing along the track, that’s why we live in this re­mote part of north.

I agree that the track does need reg­u­lar up­grad­ing for safety rea­sons as well as to limit dam­age to ve­hi­cles. Con­sid­er­a­tion also needs to be given to sec­tions which de­te­ri­o­rate rapidly such as steep in­clines and de­clines (Don­avon Range is one ex­am­ple) and the seal­ing of these sec­tions will also help re­duce the on­go­ing main­te­nance costs for coun­cil.

A cause­way across the Woobadda would be prefer­able to a bridge and will pro­vide suit­able ac­cess, for the ma­jor­ity of times as well retaining the “ex­pe­ri­ence” for tourists when cross­ing the creek. As Mike has stated the lo­cals have a wider un­der­stand­ing and knowl­edge of the con­di­tions of the track and the ef­fects any works will or won’t have on the en­vi­ron­ment within the area.

It is nec­es­sary to en­sure the out­comes are pos­i­tive for the peo­ple of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and tour op­er­a­tors who use the Track reg­u­larly and also for the tourists and trav­ellers who want the off-road ex­pe­ri­ence. There­fore it is nec­es­sary for

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