Confusion over boundaries
IF YOU reside on the southern half of Port Gardens, on the southern side of the road on Nautilus St, then according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics you are living in Craiglie and not Port Douglas.
Recent Census statistics revealed Craiglie, which has been zoned as an industrial park, has over 1000 residents.
Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce president Ken Dobbs discovered the anomaly and wants it fixed, pronto.
Despite areas on the north side of the Captain Cook Highway considered home to Port Douglas residents, the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) begs to differ.
The boundaries were established by the State Government agency in September 2000 and can be reviewed if there is support from the community and council.
“It’s quite a significant issue considering what decisions are being made by population like police numbers in Port Douglas that don’t include the 1000 people in Craiglie, that’s why I think it’s important,” Mr Dobbs said.
“Where I live, I’m technically in Craiglie and across the road is actually Port Douglas.
“If we want to change we will require support from the council and our state member and community support.”
If you technically live in Craiglie but believe you should be living in Port Douglas send an email of support to email@example.com
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