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