Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THERE was be­lated recog­ni­tion that Tony Ab­bott’s Cab­i­net had not got it quite right when it came to the tourism in­dus­try, with the news that Trade Min­is­ter An­drew Robb was to have re­spon­si­bil­ity for the sec­tor.

The in­dus­try has said this will re­move some of the con­fu­sion about min­is­te­rial re­spon­si­bil­ity. It was strange that such an im­por­tant con­tib­u­tor to the Aus­tralian econ­omy was treated like this in the first place.

As we can all see from the plethora of re­cent an­nounce­ments about ma­jor tourism as­sets be­ing snapped up by big in­vestors, it looks like the re­gion is in for a mas­sive and sus­tained eco­nomic boost - and just in time at that. It looks like some of the big play­ers have de­cided the time is fi­nally right to make the sub­stan­tial plunge, back­ing their faith in the re­gion’s fu­ture, and that vote of con­fi­dence will start to feed through the lo­cal econ­omy soon in the form of more jobs, more money go­ing through stores, and more op­ti­mism be­ing gen­er­ated.

In re­cent days, whether you speak to the real es­tate peo­ple about their mar­ket, or the tourism ex­perts, it seems the news is all good.

On another note en­tirely, it was sad to see a dead scrub­fowl on the road out­side the Wildlife Habi­tat, where about a dozen of them live on the verges of the road. I no­ticed the other day one of them ten­ta­tively set­ting off to cross the road not far in front of my car and I had to warn it away. My guess is they think the road is so quiet now that it’s an easy thing to cross to the other side.

But though the road de­tour out­side the LGA has cut down the traf­fic, it’s still not safe for megapodes. Please watch out for them!

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