DOU­GLAS RE­TIRE­MENT COM­MU­NITY NEEDS SUP­PORT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Re the pro­posed Dou­glas Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity, the case for the de­vel­op­ment is over­whelm­ing. Ob­ser­va­tions from the pro­posed plan­ning scheme —

“There is a need to cater for an age­ing pop­u­la­tion” – this is not ad­dressed

Op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist to en­cour­age this type of de­vel­op­ment in ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tions in Moss­man” – Be real, the peo­ple who re­tire in Port Dou­glas don’t see Moss­man as the al­ter­na­tive.

“The area is con­sid­ered in the longer term to po­ten­tially rep­re­sent an area that may be suit­able for ac­com­mo­dat­ing fur­ther res­i­den­tial growth – What does this mean? Go else­where, we are not ready now?

How about the build­ing trade, which I un­der­stand is not cur­rently run off its feet?

How about em­ploy­ment for the youth, ap­pren­tice­ships etc?

In­come for the lo­cal re­tail­ers and ser­vice in­dus­tries?

There is no ob­vi­ous rea­son why this de­vel­op­ment should not pro­ceed now and pro­duce sev­eral hun­dred more per­ma­nent res­i­dents with all the eco­nomic ben­e­fits that would achieve.

Robert Brown, Port Dou­glas

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