PETER SMITH

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

It is not pos­si­ble to con­tem­plate de-amal­ga­ma­tion at any cost. It is ac­cepted the peo­ple of the for­mer Dou­glas Shire are not happy with amal­ga­ma­tion as seems to be the case in other amal­ga­mated ar­eas. Unity will sup­port/not op­pose any decision by the State Gov­ern­ment to de-amal­ga­mate pro­vided that is also sup­ported by the ma­jor­ity of Dou­glas Shire res­i­dents. B: Un­der­take in con­sul­ta­tion with the Port Dou­glas com­mu­nity and af­fected stake­hold­ers an im­me­di­ate and open re­view of the pro­posed Port Dou­glas Waterfront project with a view to giv­ing clar­ity and di­rec­tion in re­gard to this very im­por­tant project and with a view to es­tab­lish­ing an over­all com­mit­ment and pro­gram as soon as pos­si­ble. C: Pro­vide for the good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Di­vi­sion 10. Place the high­est pri­or­ity on re-in­vig­o­rat­ing the econ­omy of the area and with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on tourism. Pro­vide for the ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery of coun­cil ser­vices within Di­vi­sion 10 though a sep­a­rate work unit com­pris­ing Di­vi­sion 10 res­i­dents and based in Di­vi­sion 10, in­clud­ing the use of Di­vi­sion 10 sub-con­trac­tors as much as pos­si­ble. D: The lead­er­ship for this to hap­pen has to come firstly from the coun­cil and then from within Di­vi­sion 10. The whole amal­ga­ma­tion process had a bad start, as did the Cairns En­ter­tain­ment Precinct process and the Port Dou­glas Waterfront project process, and there is a les­son there. The Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil needs to out­line a plan and im­ple­ment ac­tions which make this hap­pen. E: The fu­ture of the mill is very de­pen­dent on the con­tin­ued sup­ply of cut cane to the mill not fall­ing be­low a crit­i­cal level. This then has to be bal­anced with the iconic sta­tus/po­ten­tial of Port Dou­glas as a tourism des­ti­na­tion. This re­quires sound man­age­ment and plan­ning prac­tices to be put in place.

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