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Ian Stewart, Port Douglas, 20-03-14 20:18:
Congratulations Port Douglas on a brilliant Reef protest. Keep your eyes on this ....

Bob Baade, Julatten, 11-03-14 19:42:
regarding the Mossman traffic lights. I understand that the developer requested that the building be relocated closer to Front St. By doing this the developer did not allow sufficient space to construct deceleration lanes and slip lanes. The only alternative was to construct a roundabout. Dept. of Main Roads apparently considered this too expensive due to the cost of relocating the underground services, and instead are allowing traffic lights

Main Roads staff have again caved-in to the developers request. when the project was designed the developers would have been aware of the cost of relocating the services and it would have been factored in to the total project cost

It is a disgrace that Main Roads did not require deceleration lanes and passing lanes like any other similar development

Since when has the developer been allowed to save cost at the inconvenience and disappointment of DSC residents

Another example of Main Roads running rough-shod over our communities
Geoff Henderson, Forest Creek, 08-03-14 08:38:
Who knows Andrea. This week there was about 20 birds (really) flying around inside, so it might just continue as Queensland biggest birdcage replete with traffic lights:). Just being silly of course...
Marcus Anderson, Mossman, 07-03-14 14:54:
Lions Youth of the Year . A big thankyou for the invite to a great and worthwhile occasion sponsored by the National Bank Neil Jabbs also the Loins Club of Mossman a special thanks to school teacher James Mogg ,these are our most brightest students and our future leaders of our great country concerned about an array of topics within the shire and present day Australia ,they all had subjects from Marriage to Drugs in sport and the Environment which we are all concerned about , they all spoke well and had deserved accolades , there was one impromptu question that they were all asked and it was about the” Lights in Mossman “ all had said that they were disappointed that lights were being used in our community and that other alternatives should be investigated , Why there was no representative from the council attending to listen to the voice of our future is totally unbelievable , maybe these 5 students should be calling the shots for the shire they seem the be more concerned and in touch about community issues .
Once again Lions Club of Mossman a great night .
Marcus Anderson
Andrea Smith, Julatten, 22-02-14 12:22:
Not sure what will be happening to the Town and Country building when Woolies moves out but it would be a great opportunity for some sort of Co-operative to use the space and provide the community with an alternative.

Wikipedia says it nicely- A co-operative ("co-op") is an autonomous association of persons who cooperate for their mutual social, economic, and cultural benefit.
Geoff Henderson, Forest Creek, 17-02-14 22:37:
It looks like we get the traffic lights whether we want (or need) them. Work continues apace. Today (Monday) I counted eight large trucks and various ancillary implements, road works signs and activity at the site. But no traffic control, despite the somewhat disruptive nature of the works. But traffic continued in and out of Woolies just the same without any apparent drama.

The drive for this project is apparently Main Roads. They are run by a government that is constantly complaining about its ability to fund projects. But they leave Main Roads to spend needlessly on this project.
Evelyn Nevett, Cooya Beach, 16-02-14 14:00:
Just wanted to say I that I am liking what I read in reference to the
renovations to the " Exchange Hotel " in Mossman.
I love the fact that it's to be stylised in the era of the 1940s. I've not been in the place now for a number of years, however I do recall some of it's features. I loved the space and charm of the place , and I will be one of the first through the doors to have a look see when the new owners have completed the refurbishment.

As to the traffic light at the Woolies turn off... I read a mention of
a round about. Thought that was a brilliant idea. We do classy round
abouts in this neck of the woods.
Marcus Anderson, Mossman, 14-02-14 23:24:
Marcus Anderson

What the Mayor needs to do is not give Woolworths a certificate of occupancy and get them to comply to what council wants, make it hard for them don't let them in the building , but you have to have the kahunas to take on big business like Woolworths this is the big test for the new council show your constituents why they voted for you Mayor Julia.
Geoff Henderson, Forest Creek, 03-02-14 09:17:
Malcolm McKellar (30/1/2014)draws further attention to the issue of traffic lights at the Woolworths site in Mossman. Mr McKellar's comments are apt and well made.

Woolies game has dropped (empty shelves, inconsistent product offerings and indifference to complaints) over the past few years, prompting many customers to shop at Coles at Port.

Woolies is an important member of the local social and economic community and my wife and I have tried to support them over the years. But if I have to run a gauntlet of needless traffic lights to go shopping there I will pass, and continue shopping at Coles, Port Douglas.
Malcolm McKellar, Mossman, 30-01-14 11:35:
Dear Editor,

On my return from an extended trip away last week I was distressed to learn that traffic lights are being required by the Department of Main Roads & Transport for installation at the entrance to the new Woolworths centre in Mossman.

It was comforting to see that our new Mayor, Julia Leu, is questioning the appropriateness of traffic lights for both Mossman and for our Shire, but disconcerting to see that the issue is very much up in the air.

The outcry when lights were proposed at the entrance to Port Douglas should tell us that no-one in the Shire wants traffic lights north of Cairns. These would certainly destroy the "country town" atmosphere of Mossman, and of the Shire itself, and would, I believe, be a very poor legacy (being the first traffic lights in the North outside Cairns) for the first Council of our reconstituted Shire, and for our Cook Electorate representative David Kempton, to have occur on their watch.

As I understand it, the Woolworths development was approved by both DMRT and CRC with nothing more than an additional turn-lane on the north-bound side of the highway, and though the new complex is larger I cannot see such an additional traffic volume in and out of that site to warrant or justify more than enhancement to the turning lanes - certainly not the need for traffic lights. I understand also that the developers are opposed to traffic lights and to this ex post facto DMRT change in requirements.

I have written to David Kempton to seek his assistance in resolving this from a DMRT perspective in a manner more appropriate for the township of Mossman and for the Douglas Shire, and also to Julia Leu strongly urging that our new Council stand firm on what is appropriate for our community.

Should traffic lights end up being installed despite the wishes of the community, and in addition to the then apparently unnecessary removal of a number of magnificent old poinsiana trees to make way for the north-bound turn lane, I personally would advocate a total boycott of the new centre.


Malcolm McKellar

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