Debate rages over lagoon pool site
The location of a proposed lagoon pool is continuing to cause division in Port Douglas.
Tony Purves is the president of the Port Douglas Waterfront Protection Association and part of the council's advisory board for the plan.
He says many people are unhappy with the chosen location near the St Mary's Church and prefer a site in the waterfront tidal zone.
"Where they've chosen is basically right in the middle of the city, or the town, where the other is a more sort of rural setting with trees and everything else," he said.
"It turns our master plan upside down, which we've worked on for over four years now."
However, the area's councillor, Julia Leu, says the tidal zone location would not get the necessary environmental approvals.
"Whilst the tidal zone location looks very enticing on paper, we've been told that we would have to spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting a losing battle," she said.
"What we need now in Port Douglas is a much-needed boost to our economy.
"We need Port Douglas to get back its edge."