DSC ap­proaches state over slip­way clo­sure

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DOU­GLAS Shire Coun­cil has writ­ten to the Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines Dr An­thony Lyn­ham ques­tion­ing if Port Dou­glas slip­way op­er­a­tor The Reef Ma­rina is in breach of lease con­di­tions.

The slip­way was “tem­po­rar­ily closed” vol­un­tar­ily in early April by TRM due to in­ad­e­quate man­age­ment and dis­posal of waste­water from the site af­ter a rou­tine in­spec­tion by Coun­cil Of­fi­cers.

Coun­cil has said its En­vi­ron­men­tal Health team provided The Reef Ma­rina with sev­eral so­lu­tions to meet the stan­dards of ba­sic op­er­a­tional mea­sures for through­out Aus­tralia.

But the slip­way re­mains closed with no in­di­ca­tion of if slip­ways or when it will re­open, the coun­cil says.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said in the mean­time dozens of af­fected lo­cal busi­nesses are strug­gling with the im­pacts of the slip­way’s clo­sure.

“A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of busi­nesses are af­fected by the slip­way’s clo­sure, in par­tic­u­lar our com­mer­cial fish­ing fleet and reef tour and char­ter boat op­er­a­tors,” Mayor Leu said.

“But the im­pacts are far more wide­spread and im­pact lo­cal sail­mak­ers, diesel me­chan­ics, en­gi­neers, sail and mast rig­gers, steel fab­ri­ca­tors, up­hol­ster­ers, boat de­tail­ers, sign­writ­ers, ship­wrights, spares and chan­dlery sup­plies, plumbers, couri­ers and trans­port ser­vices, cater­ers and trans­fer com­pa­nies.

“Some of these busi­nesses now face clo­sure, may have to put off staff or re­lo­cate due to the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the slip­way.

“Clos­ing the slip­way for more than one month is not good enough when the works re­quired to achieve com­pli­ance are not sub­stan­tial and I have writ­ten to the Min­is­ter ques­tion­ing if The Reef Ma­rina is in breach of its lease as a re­sult.

“A num­ber of af­fected busi­nesses have also writ­ten to the Min­is­ter to out­line the im­pacts on their op­er­a­tions and the com­mu­nity gen­er­ally.

“The im­por­tance of hav­ing a work­ing slip­way for the lo­cal economy can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated and the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the Port Dou­glas slip­way needs to be ad­dressed ur­gently.”

Some of these busi­nesses now face clo­sure, may have to put off staff or re­lo­cate due to the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the slip­way.

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