Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

Hav­ing just spent the week driv­ing from Port to Mel­bourne has made me re­alise just what a unique part of the world we live in. I stopped off at a num­ber of places friends had rec­om­mended only to dis­cover Port has more to of­fer.

From the stun­ning beauty of the Reef and Dain­tree, along with Moss­man Gorge, Dick­son In­let and Four Mile Beach, we even have a hill which you can as­cend and see even more daz­zling views of the beach and the in­let! Per­fect!

Throw in a mini-light­house with great views out to sea, the wa­ter­holes through­out the re­gion and the wa­ter­falls on the Table­lands. What more could you ask for?

Even our water is sweeter and fresher than any town I stopped off at dur­ing my trav­els! Our gar­dens are a de­light to be­hold, espe­cially if you are rid­ing or walk­ing around town – an­other pos­i­tive for our lit­tle vil­lage!

Add to that our award-win­ning restau­rants with food to die for! We even have a great choice of cafes that serve up cof­fee which is as good as the cof­fee served in cafes of Mel­bourne, if not bet­ter! All with friendly, happy staff who are will­ing to find out about your day. Did I men­tion our fa­mous pie shop? Our lit­tle town just keeps on tick­ing all the boxes!

I do be­lieve we could do with more art­works around our town and I know of many artists, both in­dige­nous and non­indige­nous with ideas that would put this place on the map with their works in­spired by the na­ture that in­spires them. Sim­ple, yet eye-catch­ing man-made, art to beau­tify our streets and com­ple­ment what art na­ture pro­vides.

Hav­ing spent most of Jan­uary and part of Fe­bru­ary walk­ing Four Mile each day, one thing that does con­cern me it the de­for­esta­tion of the fore­shore, espe­cially where houses and re­sorts have cleared the fore­shore veg­e­ta­tion to get a bet­ter view. This has be­come ugly, and with co­conuts now pop­ping up we will have the is­sue of ero­sion on Four Mile Beach. These trees need to be erad­i­cated or at least con­trolled be­fore they get any fur­ther out of con­trol. I urge any mem­ber of the town to se­ri­ously have a look at the prob­lem when they next walk Four Mile Beach. I would hate to see the same dilemma hap­pen on this world-fa­mous beach as it has on Newell and Oak Beaches.

Dou­glas is a rare and pre­cious part of planet Earth. We need to savour it and pro­mote it in a dif­fer­ent way from the usual. We don’t need to go chang­ing it to be­come like ev­ery­where else.

We are a long way from ev­ery­where else, and if we de­cide to be­come some­thing we are not, peo­ple will just end up go­ing to those places that are closer to home.

Our town needs to be avail­able to ev­ery­one that lives here and ev­ery­one that vis­its. The wa­ter­fronts, from Four Mile to Rex Smeal Park, and the in­let need to be pro­tected and pre­served.

For ev­ery­one, not just the small few that can af­ford to buy the view. If you are a res­i­dent of our re­gion or a vis­i­tor, get out and savour what Mother Na­ture has to show you and smile!

Ann Scott, Port Dou­glas

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