Dark forces at work

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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?

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