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.