Mak­ing sense of Billy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

SOME­THING like a co­her­ent pat­tern is emerg­ing in the par­lia­men­tary ca­reer of lo­cal state mem­ber Billy Gor­don.

He voted against the lock out laws, the ALP gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed land veg­e­ta­tion act re­forms, and is talk­ing about op­pos­ing any new moves to­wards a World Her­itage sta­tus for parts of Cape York.

He’s backed up th­ese stances by cit­ing his con­stituents’ in­ter­ests, and that’s a good thing. We’d be moan­ing if he did dif­fer­ently.

But we seem to be­low his radar al­to­gether here in Dou­glas.

He said he’s on-board the push for reser­voir fund­ing, but that bat­tle’s won now, thanks to the pre-elec­tion com­mit­ments by both main par­ties.

Left out com­pletely though is the safer school cross­ing on Port Dou­glas Road. Of course th­ese things all come down to money. There’s money around though – $5 bil­lion in the fed­eral north­ern Aus­tralia de­vel­op­ment fund. It’s for loans to com­pa­nies or oth­ers mount­ing ma­jor projects.

But if only a few bits of that could be ap­plied more broadly, such as the $50 mil­lion needed to bring the Moss­man Botanic Gar­dens to full bloom.

No piece by piece, drawn out process to get there in 20 years’ time, but now.

It would trans­form Moss­man and in­deed much of the shire, bring­ing a div­i­dend in so­cial wel­fare that re­pays the cost in a short time and bring­ing ben­e­fits for ever more. +++++ I wish to voice my sup­port again for the pro­posed re­tire­ment com­mu­nity at Craiglie. It needs re­zon­ing in or­der to go ahead. I hope it does. The ar­gu­ments in its favour are very strong and I can’t fathom the op­po­si­tion to it, frankly. It needs to be built. This week I had my first op­por­tu­nity to talk the de­vel­oper and it only served to deepen my con­vic­tion that it’s a nec­es­sary project and a great op­por­tu­nity.

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