NO NEED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN ONE THING AND ANOTHER
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