Con­fu­sion over bound­aries

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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 sec­re­tary@port­dou­glascham­



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