ED­I­TOR’S COM­MENT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE next round of RDAF fund­ing an­nounced by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is likely to be the last chance of a multi-mil­lion- dol­lar cash in­jec­tion from the feds for the Port Dou­glas Water­front for some time.

The Water­front project is el­i­gi­ble for up to $15 mil­lion in Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing un­der the RDAF cri­te­ria for ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects which have the po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fit.

It is also heart­en­ing to learn that of the 46 projects which shared in the mil­lions of dol­lars in fund­ing from the last round, more than half had been un­suc­cess­ful pre­vi­ously.

The Water­front was re­jected for fund­ing in round two of RDAF fund­ing, but this shows there is still a rea­son­able chance of suc­cess if Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil reap­plies.

Time is of the essence though as the ap­pli­ca­tions need to be signed, sealed and de­liv­ered in less than six weeks.

This could ac­tu­ally be of beneift to the Water­front though if Mayor Bob Man­ning is true to his word on the Water­front be­ing a top pri­or­ity and throws his weight, and his vote, be­hind a Water­front ap­pli­ca­tion.

With most of the hard word al­ready done on the pre­vi­ous pro­posal, there should only need to be a bit of tin­ker­ing to bol­ster the ap­pli­ca­tion while other po­ten­tial can­di­dates have to start from scratch. To achieve this though, the Mayor would have to sup­port the plan en­dorsed by the pre­vi­ous coun­cil.

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