Wrecks idea wel­comed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

THE state gov­ern­ment may come to the party to help Dou­glas Shire get rid of wrecks in Dickson In­let.

In a meet­ing in Bris­bane with the Min­is­ter for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bai­ley, last month Mayor Ju­lia Leu of­fered to the gov­ern­ment free dump­ing and dis­posal of these wrecks if Mar­itime Safety Qld works with coun­cil con­trac­tors on the task, thereby mak­ing it af­ford­able.

“Min­is­ter Bai­ley was keen for his Depart­ment to fur­ther ex­plore this op­tion and we look for­ward to work­ing with the State to progress this ini­tia­tive,” Ms Leu told the

“We be­lieve there is scope for lo­cal busi­nesses, gov­ern­ment and the com­mu­nity to pool their re­sources to help dis­man­tle and dis­pose of the ves­sels.

“Coun­cil would also like to see a long-term so­lu­tion to the prac­tice of ves­sel own­ers turn­ing Port Dou­glas wa­ters into a grave­yard boats,” Ms Leu said.

“We un­der­stand that other re­gions such as the Gold Coast have ‘move-on laws’ un­der Wa­ter­ways Man­age­ment Plans which mean boats must re­main sea­wor­thy.

“In­tro­duc­ing a sim­i­lar man­age­ment prac­tice in Port Dou­glas would save money for the State Gov­ern­ment and also our com­mu­nity in the long run – and help to pro­tect the Reef at the same time.” for old

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