DSC approaches state over slipway closure
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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