‘Luck of draw’ funding for swimming lagoon
Wow factor sparkles in Cairns
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