‘Luck of draw’ fund­ing for swim­ming la­goon

Wow fac­tor sparkles in Cairns

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Port Dou­glas Academy of Performing Arts wowed the crowd at the Run­way twenty. twelve fash­ion at Tjapukai in Cairns.

Academy mem­bers danced up raunchy storm in front of over 500 THERE is no guar­an­tee that Port Dou­glas will get the $74.5m it needs for its Waterfront Master Plan.

In the last round of the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Fund fund­ing Port Dou­glas got noth­ing to­ward the in­fras­truc­ture project which in­cludes a swim­ming la­goon ad­ja­cent to St Mary’s by The Sea church.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil mayor, Bob Man­ning, said there was no guar­an­tee Port would get the fund­ing it needed in the next round but he said the Master plan was de­serv­ing of the fund­ing. guests and VIPs Karl Ste­fanovic, Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia 2010 Jesinta Camp­bell and fash­ion­de­signer Wayne Cooper.

The se­nior per­for­mance troupe were in­vited to per­form their bur­lesque floor­show at the

“I don’t know if the town will get the fund­ing, it’s de­cided on by an in­de­pen­dent body which I cer­tainly have no in­flu­ence over ... it’s the luck of the draw,” Mr Man­ning said.

“But it is cer­tainly a wor­thy project and I think that it ought to be built. I don’t think the project is ei­ther too large or too costly and if this was built in Port Dou­glas it would be huge for its fu­ture. It’s a high pri­or­ity at­trac­tion that will last well into the 21st cen­tury.’’

Cr Man­ning said he hoped to be in Port Dou­glas next week and event and by all ac­counts their Satur­day night per­for­mance did not dis­ap­point.

At the end of the event the team man­aged to rub shoul­ders with Ste­fanovic and Camp­bell which they said topped off an would be meet­ing with coun­cil and busi­ness lead­ers to see what the sta­tus of var­i­ous projects and town im­prove­ments were.

Mean­while, Dou­glas coun­cil­lor, Ju­lia Leu, said coun­cil must “ab­so­lutely push for’’ the Waterfront Master Plan.

“The re­gion is so de­serv­ing of this project I will be hor­ri­fied if we miss out on fund­ing in round three,” Cr Leu said.

“If we can get the fund­ing and make the Waterfront Master Plan a re­al­ity it will be a new rea­son to come and visit Port Dou­glas and “awe­some night”.

PDAPA prin­ci­pal and owner Nelle Jenk­ins said work­ing with chore­og­ra­pher and stage man­ager Cachelle was an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.

“Work­ing with Cachelle and 16 of her mod­els was in­cred­i­ble, they were en­thu­si­as­tic, ap­pre­cia­tive and ex­treme friendly,” she said.

“The ca­ma­raderie that crew has is un­be­liev­able and I have made so many friend­ships.” the greater re­gion.

“It will gen­er­ate jobs and give a much-needed boost to be­lated busi­ness but the flow-on ef­fect to other busi­nesses and the sense of well­be­ing and con­fi­dence that it will gen­er­ate is just as im­por­tant and vi­tal to the town.

“I want to see this project par­tic­u­larly get up not only be­cause it will show­case what we can all do when we work together, but boost that con­fi­dence and hope­fully give rea­son to those more cre­ative busi­ness peo­ple, who might be sit­ting on the fence, to come and in­vest their money again in other things around this and in turn give even more im­pe­tus to job cre­ation and adding to the town’s ap­peal.

“And I will be fight­ing hard at ev­ery Coun­cil meet­ing and at ev­ery other op­por­tu­nity to try and get this fund­ing once the next round of grants is an­nounced,” she said.

Mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt, War­ren Entsch, said Port Dou­glas should have got­ten the money for the Waterfront Master Plan.

“Of course, it should have got money in the first round,” Mr Entsch said.

Star Struck: left to right, Ash­ton Lash, Karl Ste­fanovic, Ruby Draper, El­iza White,

Jesinta Camp­bell, Emma Fowler, Brid­get Oster­man, Katie Har­ris and Abbey

White

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