Great week for the shire

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

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.

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