Great week for the shire
THE festivities surrounding the relaunch of the Sheraton Mirage at the weekend were equally momentous and joyous.
There were smiles everywhere, among the official party at the launch of the reburbished property on Friday, and among the wellwishers and guests invited to the gala on Saturday night.
It was simply a happy occasion. All the fretting about whether owners Fullshare would live up to their promises were more than dispelled by the fact that they had done everything so far that they said they would, and in the manner they said they would.
And it was momentous, of course – to have the old dowager that anchors Port Douglas looking so crisp and stylish is a pleasure in itself, and moreover a shot in the arm for tourism in the shire.
It spells business confidence and a return for Port Douglas to the winner’s circle, a proud destination getting set for even better years to follow the current boom year we’re enjoying.
Premier Palaszczuk made a point in her address before cutting the ribbon that the state should expect “and be ready” for huge numbers of Chinese and Indian tourists in the near future.
It’s a prospect that will likely last years and years. +++++ The feral pig problem is in the spotlight lately, in more ways than one.
This week Neil Hewett of Cooper Creek advanced the argument that parks and state reserves were providing sanctuaries for feral pigs that are now in huge numbers and wreaking immense damage on wildlife such as the now endangered cassowary population north of the Daintree River.
He says the nation needs to recognise the importance of the threat to the cassowaries and be prepared to fund an effective pig eradication program. Stopping pig dogs at the Daintree crossing is also on his list.