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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.

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