Ma­rina own­ers back re­lo­ca­tion of slip­way

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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Ms Leu has stressed in the past that the slip­way was a vi­tal eco­nomic piece of the jig­saw puz­zle of Port Dou­glas, and its con­tin­ued op­er­a­tion was para­mount, re­gard­less of TRM’s plans for re­de­vel­op­ment.

“For The Reef Ma­rina to se­cure free­hold ten­ure from the State Gov­ern­ment, re­de­vel­op­ment plans must not jeop­ar­dise the vi­a­bil­ity of marine in­dus­there tries. “Ac­cord­ing to cur­rent plans for the ma­rina re­de­vel­op­ment (by The Reef Ma­rina), is no pro­vi­sion for a slip­way in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion.”

Dur­ing a dis­cus­sion with Port Dou­glas FM’s Michael Gabour, Ms Leu ex­plained that the coun­cil’s sug­ges­tion of mov­ing the slip­way was in very early stages, and re­lied on a lot of fac­tors need­ing to be in ac­cord.

“We’ve iden­ti­fied a num­ber of op­tions pos­si­bly where a new slip­way could go and where a fish­ing precinct could go,” she said.

“It re­lies on the depart­ment and the min­is­ter agree­ing to changes of ten­ure use and as you know that’s a fairly meaty process. . . What we want to do is see whether these things are pos­si­ble, and then I was go­ing to hold an all-stake­hold­ers meet­ing this month.”

If the slip­way is moved as per the coun­cil’s sug­ges­tion, who will pay for it is un­known.

Ms Leu re­peated on Mon­day that TRM “un­der the con­di­tions of their lease and the pur­pose of their lease . . . they were re­quired to op­er­ate a slip­way,” sug­gest­ing the cost would fall to them.

“It’s in our town plan and part of the con­di­tions for The Reef Ma­rina … that they would not be in a po­si­tion to de­mol­ish the slip­way un­til there is an al­ter­na­tive one in place.”

Pic­ture: SUPPLIED

Coun­cil’s Paul Hoye with the new Fox­ton Bridge cam­era

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