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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

I first came to Queens­land some 40 years ago and was told if we were com­ing this far, we must visit Cairns and the Great Bar­rier Reef. We were then ad­vised to visit Port Dou­glas, be­ing also told there was no pub­lic trans­port and that pri­vate fares were ex­ces­sive.

Since my ini­tial visit to this trop­i­cal par­adise, ab­so­lutely noth­ing has changed. Is there a vested in­ter­est for this or some other rea­son? It’s just not ac­cept­able in this day and age.

Peter Mer­rick,

com­mu­nity and do not vote in our lo­cal elec­tions.

Un­for­tu­nately both au­thors’ com­ments are fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect.

I have, over the past three years, cochaired nu­mer­ous meet­ings with David Kemp­ton, Mayor Ju­lia Leu, Coun­cil­lors, De­vel­op­ers and Heads of State De­part­ments with re­gard to the de­vel­op­ment of the Port Dou­glas Wa­ter­front, in­clud­ing the rights and pro­tec­tion of its ten­ants and users. I am fully cog­nisant of all ne­go­ti­a­tions that took place over this time and am fully aware of the truth of all mat­ters in­volv­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

Th­ese facts can be borne out by the min­utes taken at each meet­ing by all par­tic­i­pat­ing par­ties. All we need now is to have th­ese two for­mer politi­cians sit down with us and dis­cuss the facts and the me­dia to gen­uinely in­ves­ti­gate and pub­lish the facts.

Tony Purves, Port Dou­glas

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