On the upswing
ON the back of improving commercial and residential property markets and what many locals are saying is the best tourism season in years – I heard one person announce “best year ever” – it looks like Port Douglas and the shire more broadly has turned the corner when it comes to economic health.
This week’s council meeting presented a bit more of the picture with approvals for a new caravan park next to Crees Creek at Port Douglas and a huge 72-lot development off Vixies Road at Wonga Beach.
The council put out a press release on Tuesday noting these two developments, plus the efforts toward a new reservoir for Port Douglas, as indications of greater confidence in the shire. The council has a point to some extent. There is reason to be optimistic, given the backdrop of the upgrades at the Sheraton Mirage, the Country Club and the Reef Marina.
The mayor’s participation in the economic summit is fortunate and welcome. Not only will she press our case with leading decision makers in a broad way, Ms Leu will also go into bat over the several boat ramps that need work, including a new one for Cow Bay.
MP Billy Gordon once said to me, as we discussed the ramshackle size and nature of the Cook electorate, that “one thing it seems to be about is boat ramps”. It was a bit of a quip but held a lot of truth.
They are really important bits of infrastructure given the enormous size of the recreational fishing community.
In Yorkeys Knob there is ramp rage in prime times of usage. Pressure on the access to ramps is a serious thing and it would be interesting to know how much it occurs up here.
Plus there’s the other headaches that surround the Rocky Pt ramp especially – the erosion and safety issues. Anything the mayor can do to get help with these is well worth the effort and time..