EDI­TOR’S COMMENT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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