Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A. Yes, but I be­lieve the fi­nan­cial bur­den will be too great. Sim­ply based on elec­torate num­bers, there are about 7000 en­rolled north of El­lis Beach against the to­tal for Cairns of 90,000-plus. Given the in­creas­ing oner­ous statu­tory obli­ga­tions and costs on lo­cal gov­ern­ment I be­lieve a stand-alone coun­cil of this size would be un­sus­tain­able. B. The Port Dou­glas Waterfront Plan was first raised in 2005. In 2011 fea­si­bil­ity re­ports rec­om­mended site 4 south of the sugar wharf yet the com­mu­nity re­mains un­de­cided. The first step is to de­cide the pre­ferred lo­ca­tion. The Mas­ter Plan Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee has a role here. Next de­tail de­sign and cost­ing can com­mence, fund­ing com­mit­ments se­cured and con­tracts let. C. I note a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant projects in plan­ning for the Di­vi­sion. These in­clude the Waterfront Mas­ter Plan, the Dain­tree Gate­way plan, a gym­na­sium and sewage projects in Moss­man. All these should re­main a pri­or­ity. But core busi­ness for lo­cal gov­ern­ment is de­liv­ery of ser­vices in the most cost-ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient man­ner which will be a pri­or­ity for me. D. One way to bring these so called dis­parate in­ter­est groups to­gether would be to es­tab­lish a “sis­ter com­mu­nity group” pro­gram sim­i­lar to the in­ter­na­tional sis­ter city con­cept. The more di­verse the area of in­ter­est, the bet­ter. The pro­gram would be aimed at youth and per­haps the Gazette could pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for ob­ser­va­tions to be pub­lished. E. In­no­va­tion and brand­ing of the re­gion are mea­sures that should be ex­plored. The “King Is­land” brand is an ex­am­ple where the pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment is used to add value to dairy and beef prod­ucts. Link­ing prod­ucts to the “Dain­tree” re­gion un­der an ap­pro­pri­ate trop­i­cal rain­for­est brand would have ben­e­fits to both agribusi­ness and tourism.

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