Take a look at town plan

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

THE draft town plan is open for dis­cus­sion, with com­mu­nity in­volve­ment a key part of the process of de­liv­er­ing the next town plan which will be in force for a decade.

That’s a very long time by mod­ern reck­on­ing – two terms if Hil­lary Clin­ton wins and around an­other three Prime Min­is­ters of Aus­tralia at least.

It is im­por­tant that lo­cal cit­i­zens have a good look at the draft plan and make sub­mis­sions if they need to.

In­evitably the plan starts out from some­where, namely the bulk of it be­ing a con­tin­u­a­tion of what went be­fore. So cer­tain as­sump­tions and givens are built into it. Some of those pre­de­ter­mined poli­cies are things like the amount of de­vel­op­ment seen as op­ti­mal or de­sir­able for the shire.

When it comes to new hous­ing, the plan en­vis­ages Moss­man as the best site. It re-af­firms there will not be a bridge over the Dain­tree River or tar on the Bloom­field Track.

The po­ten­tial for a lim­ited amount of de­vel­op­ment at Craiglie and to­wards Crees Creek on the west­ern side of the high­way is worth ex­plor­ing in my book, par­tic­u­larly the no­tion of a re­tire­ment vil­lage in that area.

The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is the end of Septem­ber. ++++++ The num­bers of some an­i­mal species are ex­plod­ing in a way that im­pacts us and when it comes to feral pigs, tak­ing a toll on the en­vi­ron­ment too.

I have some friends in town and nat­u­rally they want to know where they can swim.

It’s hard to say it, but in my view there is now no guar­an­teed safe beach for swim­ming. The head of life­sav­ing in the re­gion also thinks so. +++++++ Well done to Reina and Spencer Pa­trick for the amaz­ing ef­fort be­hind Taste of Port Dou­glas. It was a su­perb event which de­serves lo­cal sup­port.

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