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Ero­sion a worry

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THE ero­sion of fore­shore in the shire has been writ­ten about in a piece­meal fash­ion for quite a while. Newell, Wonga Beach, Rocky Point – at times they’ve each been in the spot­light. Of course what these sep­a­rate sto­ries add up to is a very large and press­ing prob­lem for the shire.

Boat­ies, fish­er­men, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, property own­ers and plain folks have good rea­son to be wor­ried about the sit­u­a­tion at Newell and Rocky Point es­pe­cially.

On top of the con­cerns about dredg­ing, the state of our hal­lowed beaches is not some­thing we can take for granted.

Some of this prob­lem seems des­tined to wash up at the foot of the coun­cil, and one can’t imag­ine the DSC would be too joy­ous at the prospect of these costly en­gi­neer­ing prob­lems end­ing up on the ratepay­ers’ tab.

There may not be much pro­vi­sion in fu­ture years as the bud­getary think­ing goes at the mo­ment, but per­haps it’s time to start think­ing about it much more ur­gently. Yes, there are other mat­ters just as crit­i­cal. So de­cid­ing what mat­ters are ad­dressed by the pub­lic purse – leav­ing oth­ers to wait a while longer – is the sort of the thing the DSC has asked the com­mu­nity to help de­cide.

The news is not good – ero­sion of fore­shore can’t be ig­nored much longer or the in­fra­struc­ture dam­age, among other things, will be costly. The price of do­ing noth­ing is not noth­ing.

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