Dou­glas in the spot­light at sum­mit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

THE gen­eral man­ager of Full­share Group in Aus­tralia, Mr Yi Yu, put the spot­light firmly on Port Dou­glas at the re­cent eco­nomic sum­mit in Cairns.

As the guest speaker at the gala wel­come din­ner, Mr Yu spoke about the com­pany’s re­fur­bish­ment of its var­i­ous tourism as­sets in Queens­land, most no­tably the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage.

Ac­cord­ing to mayor Ju­lia Leu, who was at the sum­mit, the images on the big screen played very strongly and pro­tract­edly to the room­ful of movers and shak­ers – gov­ern­ment lead­ers and for­eign in­vestors who had been called to­gether for a vir­tual trade expo of what our re­gion has to of­fer.

The en­tire Qld cabi­net was there, depart­ment di­rec­tor gen­er­als, MPs, and dozens of in­vestors.

“Through­out the whole time I was able to meet all th­ese peo­ple and form re­la­tion­ships,” Ms Leu said.

Con­cern­ing lo­cal is­sues, Ms Leu had a met­ing with the new Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Prem- ier’s Dept, Dave Stew­art.

“It was fan­tas­tic to have the dep­u­ta­tion with the DG and I felt like I did have a good hear­ing.

“I out­lined specif­i­cally the need for a new pri­mary health care cen­tre at Di­wan, that was an ex­cel­lent con­ver­sa­tion to be able to have.

“I mean, there are no toi­lets at that cen­tre. No one thinks this is ap­pro­pri­ate in this coun­try in 2015.

“I was able to present a pow­er­ful case, I be­lieve, and there is a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“At the same time I out­lined the need for a boat ramp at Cooper Creek, and also raised the func­tion­al­ity is­sues of the Rocky Pt ramp, and Newell Beach.”

Ms Leu said she had re­quested ur­gent re­me­dial works at Rocky Pt, and also that such works must first in­volve con­sul­ta­tion with users.

She said in essence it came down to: “here are some prob­lems, you need to get your act to­gether, you need to re­spond to us and you need to re­spond in writ­ing”.

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