Ten years ago

Thurs­day, May 1,2002

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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).

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