NO NEED TO CHOOSE BE­TWEEN ONE THING AND AN­OTHER

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE -

To sug­gest that Port Dou­glas needs to choose be­tween be­ing a sleepy fish­ing vil­lage or a pre­mium brand that at­tracts mil­lion­aires (Gazette, Nov 3) is ab­surd and out of touch with the ob­vi­ous strong ap­peal and rep­u­ta­tion of our des­ti­na­tion, for both visi­tors and in­vestors.

Visi­tors are at­tracted to our re­gion be­cause we re­tain the charm of a small com­mu­nity yet pro­vide the fa­cil­i­ties, ser­vices and at­trac­tions of a pre­mium des­ti­na­tion.

For some time, we have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment from ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and na­tional com­pa­nies who value both our laid back trop­i­cal life­style and ac­cess to award

win­ning restau­rants, world her­itage en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­pe­ri­ences and world class tourism fa­cil­i­ties.

The Dou­glas Plan­ning Scheme is an im­por­tant as­pect of this suc­cess, as it bal­ances sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and live­abil­ity, against unchecked in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment that has the po­ten­tial to de­stroy the very ap­peal that at­tracts visi­tors and in­vestors here in the first place.

Only last week at Coun­cil we ap­proved a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment for Quick­sil­ver which shows tremen­dous con­fi­dence in our re­gion, the Sher­a­ton

has just re­cently com­pleted a $43 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment and Coun­cil has over­seen record cap­i­tal works in­vest­ments over the past two years.

If this is what the Cham­ber and their mem­bers re­ally think of Port Dou­glas then I’d be very dis­ap­pointed.

Ju­lia Leu, Mayor, Dou­glas Shire

I think there were some good ideas but at the end of the day we need ac­tion now, not in 3-5 years af­ter an­other $6 mil­lion dol­lar study! I think we need to be de­clared zone 1 on any pub­lic beaches in Dou­glas and not wait to see if a croc dis­plays “ag­gres­sive” be­hav­iour. Rangers need au­thor­ity to act upon sight­ings without de­lay.

The meet­ing was worth it, we need to have our con­cerns heard loud and clear by state gov­ern­ments but, let’s see if they lis­ten be­fore an­other tragedy or more busi­nesses are shut down.

Dar­ryl Tenni, Man­ager, Pin­na­cle Vil­lage, Wonga

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