Take a look at town plan
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.