Dain­tree pres­sure

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

YOU can’t help won­der if all the is­sues of the Dain­tree Coast aren’t build­ing up to some sort of pres­sure point.

It all goes with the spe­cial na­ture of this World Her­itage area. Re­stric­tions on be­ing res­i­dent there do not make life easy.

The myr­iad of is­sues are not new, and what a list it is – bat­tles over garbage, wild dogs, croc­o­diles, public toi­lets, lack of re­li­able in­ter­net and mo­bile phone ser­vices, ELEC­TRIC­ITY!, health fa­cil­i­ties, and the good old Dain­tree Ferry. Peo­ple will write to me to­mor­row to tell me all the ones I missed.

Some lo­cals have been vo­cal about these mat­ters for a years, of course, but the vol­ume is ris­ing lately.

Easy so­lu­tions are hard to see. I think I’m cor­rect in say­ing the great ma­jor­ity liv­ing there and out­side the area want it to re­main the nat­u­ral won­der that it is.

But it seems to me a “set and for­get” pol­icy re­gard­ing the Dain­tree will not do.

HATS OFF to the Mossman Sharks for their ini­tia­tive in work­ing with the bull­ride or­gan­i­sa­tion to put on a ter­rific show in Mossman the other night.

The club, like most clubs, is al­ways look­ing for ways to sup­port it­self, and lately the Sharks have been go­ing through a par­tic­u­larly tough time. They have loyal and strong spon­sors but as any sim­i­lar club knows, you can’t just keep go­ing to the same well for­ever.

It was good to see a novel event brought to the shire and its ev­i­dent pop­u­lar­ity would au­gur well if the club de­cides to run it again next year and make it an an­nual fix­ture.

But the over­heads were high. It would be proper for the shire coun­cil to lend the ut­most sup­port wher­ever and how­ever it can. The Sharks are a vi­tal part of the shire, not just as a sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, but as a part of the so­cial “glue”. The club needs to thrive.

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