MARINA MUST HAPPEN
WHY does Douglas shire need a $200 million marina hotel complex?
Because it is singularly the most significant tourism project to be offered since the 1980s Mirage era. It is predicated on an initiative to further elevate the shire as a major quality global and domestic eco tourism destination with world-class infrastructure.
And because pre and post deamalgamation of the council there appears to have been a dislocation of the continuity of strategic planning in all aspects of basic economic growth and development. As a consequence the health of our local economy has plummeted.
As a community we embraced the deamalgamation from Cairns five years ago to get more control of our destiny back into the community, particularly tourism, which is the mainstream of our local economy. This does not appear to be working as we envisaged. The latest economic scorecard shows we have some very serious issues to address.
The marina project has the potential to restart our ailing economy and get the council’s economic scorecard back on track. In magnitude it singularly is 140 per cent greater than the collective total of all shire building approvals since 2014.
Come election time councillors will undoubtedly be asked to explain their neglect of shire’s economic scorecard and justify their actions and outline remedial plans to restore economic growth and future employment and financial security for our electorate. If the Marina Complex is not fast-tracked and approved, what is Plan B? Sustainability agendas are important to protect our future generations, but they are subjective and based on personal feelings and opinions. Personal feelings and opinions do not create jobs and put food in the mouths of our children. Sound economic management does.
REUB HAYES, Four Mile Beach.
FOR the past two months, the team at Port Douglas Livelife Pharmacies have been busy raising money for Buy a Bale which supports the drought affected farmers across the country.
A very big thank you to all the community who donated much needed funds to this worthwhile cause.
With your help, the pharmacies have been able to raise more than $5600. The generosity in this town continues to amaze, with some of the donations truly humbling.
Well done to the team who never
the July rockslide, then a few very dry months. Now this prolonged heatwave.
Daintree coast residents are carting in water and cursing the lack of aircon. A few godless types have even been seen on their knees, muttering strange imprecations. Exhaustion does strange things.
Spiders have taken over the rain gauges, birds are nesting anxiously, as their overhead protection thins out. We’ve had sad reports of distressed cassowaries and dogs. It’s not just the fruit bats. But to see any plant or animal suffering is distressing. It’s one of our needed an excuse to dress up for a good cause. We promise to play significantly less country music from now on.
BRAD REILLY, LiveLife Pharmacies Port Douglas.
defining human qualities. Gravel roads are layering a choking dust cover over plants. Vegetable gardens and roadside plants seem to be doing poorly and in many cases dying. Leaf loss in trees everywhere is substantial.
Yet, through all of this the creeks on Cape Tribulation Rd are running. Still pretty, still giving life, still feeding the Coral Sea and reefs. For goodness sake, we’re a tropical rainforest. There’s supposed to be rain every month (which there has been actually, just less than most years). And we can’t blame Thorntons’ rockslide.
This week, I thought I’d listen to a few relic survivors. All of these are ferns which go back around 300 million years, give or take a few. Tree ferns are widespread and easy to spot. Large flat basket ferns are especially prominent at Marrja boardwalk. And the majestic king ferns love wet feet in the misty mountains of Alexandra Range and its foothills at the Daintree Discovery Centre. Tree ferns in gardens and road edges have lost lots of fronds and some seem to have totally died. Time will tell.
The basket ferns had already put on a skinny new growth to their outer leaves a few weeks ago, and were doing okay under the canopy but not thriving.
The big test was the king ferns. With their thick frond base, they need a lot of water to create the turgor pressure that keeps them pumped up and erect. Yes, many are wilting, with outer fronds collapsing and dropping off. But, when you get in close to look at their bases, the thick, strong fronds are still thriving. They’re beautiful, wonderful and successful survivors. The main ingredient is the dense closed rainforest canopy, protecting itself.
The weather’s been extreme, but it’s also nature’s way of de-cluttering and remulching. Naturaloptimisation processes.
With the first real rains, the “green” season is just around the corner.
Soon the famous Daintree crystal clear creeks will be flowing strongly again, a riot of green growth will take over. And let’s see what happens to the Thorntons landslide then!
MIKE D’ARCY, Daintree