Port Douglas is like a person with an itch it can’t scratch at the moment. It’s a feeling that things need to happen.
There’s the roundabout. Swings and roundabouts, it turns out, after the minister stepped in to quell community disquiet and annoyance over the proposed concrete version. Now it’s back tot he drawing board.
And the Shire elections. For many people, a council they can truly call theirs cannot come fast enough.
But the suprisingly low level of pay for the future councillors, revealed by the tribunal that decides these things, has already caused one declared candidate to withdraw. One wonders whether any young(ish) candidates can afford to take on this mantle.
And then there’s the Douglas Chamber of Commerce seriously trying to rekindle the town’s economic mojo. To do that, the chamber says, there needs to be a lot more co- operation between businesses and bodies like the chamber of commerce. It cites as ‘‘missing in action’’ most of the 1400 businesses in the area - only 70 or so are affiliated with the chamber. The chamber did a huge amount of solid work in drawing up its special economic development report presented on Tuesday night. It wants something to happen, seriously happen.