Road mapped

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

RE­GIONAL De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia Far North Queens­land and Tor­res Strait Inc has updated its re­gional “road map” to pro­vide one voice on re­gional is­sues, op­por­tu­ni­ties and pri­or­i­ties.

Among the 11 strate­gic pack­ages are sev­eral generic pri­or­i­ties that di­rectly af­fect the Dou­glas re­gion in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port a speed­ier roll­out of the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work to Port Dou­glas.

“As part of the re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity pack­age we got a plan to sup­port the NBN roll­out straight from Townsville right up to Port Dou­glas and fast track­ing that,” CEO Sonja John­son said.

“And we’re also look­ing at Port Dou­glas as a trial site for the NBN pre-roll out to have bit of a hub in Port Dou­glas so peo­ple can come in and un­der­stand the tech­nol­ogy and ben­e­fits prior to it go­ing live.”

Ms John­son said there is also a fo­cus on trop­i­cal knowl­edge to bring back fund­ing for a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­men­tal re­search pro­gram.

“It’s a large amount of money pre­vi­ously co­or­di­nated here within the re­gion that has gone back to bu­reau­crats in Canberra for a more strate­gic ap­proach to how we man­age the reef and rain­for­est,” she said.

“In tourism, the tourism and avi­a­tion fu­tures pack­age, there is a real push to re­vi­talise some tourism precincts around the re­gion es­pe­cially the Dain­tree World Her­itage brand and re­vi­tal­is­ing that and also look­ing at Port Dou­glas in­fra­struc­ture as part of tourism.”

Ad­dress­ing the is­sue of in­fra­struc­ture in Port Dou­glas will be done through the Mas­ter­plan and is the RDA FNQTI’s to help en­sure there is enough in­fra­struc­ture to ad­dress the Chi­nese mar­ket.

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