Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

ONLY last week I was say­ing how so many peo­ple in the town wanted some­thing to hap­pen. In just a week it seems some of their prayers have been an­swered, as the dam has burst with a flood of re­ally good news for this re­gion. Peren­nial frus­tra­tions over the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage and the Ma­rina look to be ad­dressed at last with news this week of deals sealed or un­der­way that will present a much brighter fu­ture for th­ese icons and with them for the town and the dis­trict at large.

To a great ex­tent th­ese two busi­nesses are Port Dou­glas - as they were in the day they were built - and how they travel largely rep­re­sents the for­tune of the lo­cal area. Up­grades and ren­o­va­tions are mu­sic to our ears af­ter so many dashed hopes and false dawns in the past.

It seems just part of up­swing in the eco­nomic cy­cle for our re­gion, as noted in our story on the prop­erty mar­ket, and fre­quent re­ports lately about the strength of the tourism mar­ket.

One more thing to men­tion - Phil Hol­loway, a busi­ness­man in Port Dou­glas, and some other con­cerned peo­ple are push­ing ahead with plans to hold com­mu­nity fo­rums soon in Port Dou­glas and Moss­man, at which the pub­lic can ac­quaint them­selves with those would-be coun­cil­lors who have de­clared them­selves. The Gazette ap­plauds and supports this worth­while ini­tia­tive. Stay tuned for de­tails.

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