IT seemed to be all about Mossman this week, and nothing wrong in that.
Some welcome news was the plan to restore the Daintree Inn appropriately being renamed the Exchange Hotel to fit its return to a bygone time and hopefully a return to its proud place amid Mossman’s landmark buildings.
It is a vote of confidence in Mossman and the new owner is to be commended for his commitment and vision. That building deserves a better future than its recent past.
A quality restoration will add significantly to the streetscape of Mossman and moreover to the asset base of the whole district.
As part of building the assets of Mossman, it would complement the Gorge. The moves for the Mossman Botanic Gardens are similarly motivated and all together these developments will boost the town and help to give visitors a reason to overnight in the town.
The more there is to see and do, the more reason to spend time in Mossman. And jobs come from that.
Part of the appeal of Mossman, of course, is in the balance as the controversy around the planned traffic lights reaches a new level. It is hard, in our view, to argue that the traffic lights would add to safety. If they proceed simply because they’re cheaper for the developer or because they’re some bureaucratic oversight, that is miserable indeed.
Mossman deserves better than that.