LONG GRASS COVERING SIGNS IS A SAFETY HAZARD
High grass along the Cook Highway from Yule Point to Craiglie that the Douglas Shire usually slashes for the Dept of Transport and Main Roads is growing over the top of the guide posts.
The Cairns Ironman Coral Reef Triathlon will have pushbikes travelling along the highway to arrive in Port Douglas at the weekend.
Not only is safety compromised by long grass but it looks unsightly for visitors and spectators.
It seems the TMR does not have the funds to pay the council for slashing, otherwise it would have been done ready for such a prestigious annual event.
Councils have missed out on critical road funding because the LNP was too focused on playing politics in Parliament during the last session.
The LNP moved a motion that the Government adopt the LNP’s car registration policy. Katters Australian Party leader Robbie Katter moved an amendment to the LNP’s motion, requesting that a greater portion from vehicle registration revenue be quarantined for North Queensland roads.
Crossbenchers Rob Pyne, Billy Gordon and Steve Dickson supported KAP’s motion but
the LNP and the ALP Government joined together to vote the motion down.
Getting funds for urgent road construction and maintenance in the Cook electorate will now be harder.
As the Far North contributes much to the state’s economy it is only fair we get rewarded for our work. I ask the people of Cook to get behind me to help Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth keep fighting for the Far North.
Gordon Rasmussen, KAP Candidate for Cook, Julatten
decline and businesses were closing their doors. Each visit was noticeably worse than the last. During that time we were forced to sell our property here, but our love for Port Douglas has never diminished.
We also sympathised when there was a concerted effort to market the attractions of the area by means of national TV breakfast shows, thereby attracting the tourist dollars needed for a town such as Port Douglas to survive and prosper.
Our current visit is different – we are now retired and travelling in a selfcontained motorhome.
What a different perspective we have now! We have outlaid in excess of $150,000 to travel Australia in selfsufficient comfort including solar panels (thereby keeping the tourist dollars in the country), but it seems the Douglas Shire is not prepared to provide even an RV friendly car park, let alone low-cost basic facilities for the discerning cashed-up road travellers who are becoming more and more prevalent in Australia.
We quote, as examples, places such as Rocky Creek, Babinda, Balgal Beach, Bluewater, Home Hill and Sapphire where the basics of what the growing army of grey nomads require to exist on the road are provided.
In return we support those communities by spending much needed dollars within the town. Quite a basic concept really and a win-win situation all round.
We don’t need caravan parks that charge exorbitant fees ($50-$60) just to stay one night. We already have the selfsufficient facilities we need.
That equates to over $18,000 per year, per site for accommodation alone – quite a substantial sum in anyone’s language.
After committing that amount of money there is precious little left to spend in the community.
So, while the caravan parks may prosper, it is at the expense of other local businesses. Rest assured we are not the only ones who feel this way.
Travellers such as us are bypassing towns that do not have empathy to our basic needs. Those communities that are savvy enough to respond are the ones reaping the financial benefit of increased custom.
On principle and despite our love of Port Douglas we have decided to move on sooner than we would have liked. It’s sad that local government bureaucracies in Australia cannot come up with a unified and consistent approach to this issue.
It is a problem that won’t go away and it needs someone with a common sense, “think-outside-the-box”, visionary approach to address it. It’s no use being complacent now and regretting it when the hard economic times come again.
Alan and Ingrid Taylor