Ten years ago
Thursday, May 1,2002
The ‘‘big picture’’ issues handled by Port Douglas and Daintree Tourism should become a council responsibility, Douglas Shire Mayor Mike Berwick and Councillor Grahame Connett claim. Crs Berwick and Connett could discuss their proposal to shift the Tourism Strategic Planning Committee from PDDT’s control to council at todays meeting. Cr Berwick said he did not want to pre-empt a council decision ‘‘but i don’t think the PDDT has got the administrative capacity to run the committee or the interest in it.’’ The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome sweeping through Asia is having widereaching effects, even to the point of threatening the local commercial fishing industry with seafood market prices drop- ping considerably. The decline has been put down to people in the major export market, Hong Kong, avoiding eating out at restaurants for fear of contracting SARS. Juniper’s proposed $120 million Sea Temple Residential Resort at Four Mile Beach was approved at Douglas Shire Council’s Building Town and Environmental Planning Services meeting on Monday. The residential resort will include a large swimming lagoon, restaurant/bar and a caretaker’s residence and should be completed by mid 2005. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is moving ahead with plans to implement zones to protect the Reef’s biodiversity. GBRMPA chairwoman Virginia Chadwick met with Douglas Shire Council, Sunfish and Low Isles Preservation Society representatives last week to discuss the fourth stage of the Representative Areas Program (RAP Draft Zoning Plan).