Helping Ageing Residents Remain in the Community They Love
Unfortunately, Port Douglas missed out on an important opportunity to improve housing outcomes for our aged community when Waks Development shelved its plans for Ferrero Road, as Council refused to amend the planning scheme that had already declined this project on its previous application. Even with the widespread support during the consultation stage by local residents, a majority of councillors insisted that the footprint of Port Douglas not be changed.
As well as providing accommodation options for ageing locals, a retirement complex would have brought in a new population of self-funded, non-working, ready-to-volunteer rate-paying property owners.
This is why revisiting the possibility of the Ferrero Road project ranks high on my agenda. As well as increasing council’s revenue, it will also expand our population and improve employment opportunities both at the IGA complex, as it potentially expands to cater to new locals at that end of town, and more broadly across other townships as an expansion of other services are needed for a once-again growing population.
We can do more, and we must. Revisiting the Ferrero Road development would be just one aspect of the kinds of housing opportunities in both Mossman and Port Douglas I would pursue with council as mayor. I value the great contributions to the shire of our long-term ageing residents, so working alongside the Douglas Shire Aged Persons Home Inc. to ensure that adequate and suitable housing is available will mean we acknowledge the great importance of our elderly to the broader community, enabling them to remain in the region they love and call home, rather than being forced to move elsewhere.