Wrecks idea welcomed
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