Dark forces at work
With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot.
Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
Unfortunately the song wasn’t on the Port Douglas playlist. IT’S all a matter of how you hold your mouth.
With a slight repositioning of your tongue the words “rotting vegetation-harbouring vermin” can become “a vital source of nutrients for micro-organisms”.
Politicians have become expert at this form of eco-mumbo-jumbo, and the dismal state of Four Mile Beach is a clear example of that form of deception.
It’s not just the seaweed that litters this iconic landmark, but also fallen and falling trees, large pieces of flotsam, and the remnants of night-time beach parties.
Although many locals remove the smaller items daily, the rest remain as an ever growing eyesore.
One might be forgiven for suspecting this is more than a simple matter of neglect.
Since amalgamation council services have diminished - for instance the streets are potholed, the drinking water has become unpalatable and smells unpleasant, and the beach is a disgrace.
By imposing excessive charges and invoking obscure trading conditions, the authorities are gradually forcing retailers out of business and the shops are remaining empty, which is not a good look for a tourist location.
And in spite of her dedication, Julia Leu is constantly being stonewalled when trying to obtain support for our region.
It almost seems like some unfair tactics are being used in the competition between Cairns and Port Douglas for the tourist business.
Or perhaps there is an effort to depress property values here so that they soon may become easy pickings.
Or even is this a way of imposing an unnecessary, but to the developer a highly profitable, swimming lagoon in Port Douglas?
Mayor Bob Manning says he is too busy to worry about the state of Four Mile Beach, one of our most important attractions, but isn’t that part of the responsibility of the Cairns Regional Council?
Does the fact that we are 70-odd kilometres away mean the Douglas region is just out of sight, out of mind, or are there darker forces at work?