Making sense of Billy
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.