Make the most of our as­sets

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Thanks to all the peo­ple who have given me pos­i­tive re­sponse from my last let­ter (Oc­to­ber 10). Re­gard­ing Toni Mcna­mara’s let­ters in re­sponse (Oc­to­ber 18): I’m not over­look­ing the nat­u­ral beauty of our area that’s why I’ve been com­ing here for last 20 years and paid rates for nearly 15. Build­ing an el­e­vated walk­way around the point, con­nect­ing the ma­rina with Four Mile Beach, build­ing a safe place to swim or an aquar­ium is not an ‘‘artifical project’’ and is hardly go­ing to turn Port Dou­glas into a ‘‘un­sus­tain­able theme park’’. As we have it now, we are swim­ming in nets that are the same size as those at El­lis Beach yet ser­vic­ing a much larger pop­u­la­tion. Sci­en­tists at James Cook Univer­sity ac­tu­ally ad­vise peo­ple to wear stinger suits even in the nets. Why can’t we have a tech­no­log­i­cally sound struc­ture on Four Mile Beach? The planned water­front la­goon pool could prove to be a fi­nan­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal drain on any fu­ture coun­cil as well as pos­si­bly be­com­ing a haven for un­wanted so­cial ac­tiv­ity, be­ing close to the pubs etc. Surely tourists and lo­cals would rather swim in a safe sea rather than a la­goon-shaped pool. Un­like Cairns we have a beach, we should use it!

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