SHIRE PUTS WISH LIST

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Madi­son Wil­liams

MAYOR Ju­lia Leu is in Cairns at the North­ern Queens­land Eco­nomic Sum­mit pre­sent­ing a list of Shire must-haves to the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the Depart­ment of the Pre­mier and Cabi­net, Dave Stew­art. A new pri­mary health cen­tre in Di­wan and a com­mit­ment to pri­ori­tis­ing re­me­dial work on the Rocky Point boat ramp are a few of the is­sues that will ap­pear on the Mayor’s wish list.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad and Queens­land Trea­surer Cur­tis Pitt will all make an ap­pear­ance at the sum­mit that aims to out­line cur­rent and fu­ture in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in FNQ.

The Mayor will meet with Mr Stew­art to re­quest the State Gov­ern­ment un­der­take ur­gent re­me­dial works to ad­dress im­me­di­ate safety and op­er­a­tional con­cerns ex­pressed by the com­mu­nity as a re­sult of the re­cent Rocky Point Boat Ramp up­grade. “It has be­come ob­vi­ous that the up­grade of the Rocky Point boat ramp by the State Gov­ern­ment has not had the de­sired out­come and ap­pears to have cre­ated ad­di­tional safety and op­er­a­tional con­cerns,” said Mayor Leu.

Mayor Leu will also speak on be­half of the com­mu­nity re­gard­ing the de­sire to “im­prove the ac­ces­si­bil­ity and func­tion­al­ity of the boat ramp at Newell Beach” and in­tro­duce a boat ramp to Cooper Creek.

“Ac­cess to the Newell Beach boat ramp is sig­nif­i­cantly ham­pered be­cause of a build-up of sand in the chan­nel while the con­struc­tion of a new boat ramp at Cooper Creek is some­thing the com­mu­nity has been ask­ing for for a long time.”

The is­sue of a Cooper Creek boat ramp was brought for­ward by res­i­dents of the Dain­tree dur­ing the July 23 Dain­tree Fo­rum.

The Fo­rum pre­sented a num­ber of is­sues and re­quests to the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil in­clud­ing dis­cus­sions about NDDRA, the Co­conut Man­age­ment Plan and waste col­lec­tion.

The Mayor will also ask Mr Stew­art to pri­ori­tise pur­chase of land and con­struc­tion of a new Pri­mary Health Cen­tre at Di­wan.

The cur­rent build­ing lacks toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and ap­pro­pri­ate con­sult­ing rooms.

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