On the up­swing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

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..

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