Make the most of our assets
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!