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3 September, 2021

It may not hit the fan after all

A potential environment and financial catastrophic disaster may have been avoided with last minute federal funding to resolve the long-standing issues associated with Port Hinchinbrook’s sewage, roads and parks.

By Peter McCullagh

On Wednesday at a special meeting Cassowary Coast Regional Councillors voted to support the proposal tabled supporting the compulsory acquisition of the sewerage assets, parks and roads.

Division 2 councillor Teresa Millwood opposed the proposal and voted accordingly.

Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto is thrilled with the decision.

The Federal Government and State Governments have now formally signed off on additional funding totalling $12.3 million to fix the long-standing issues associated with Port Hinchinbrook’s sewage, roads, and parks.

Nick Dametto MP said the fact that all three levels of government have rolled up their sleeves and are now working together to officially start the process of the normalisation is a significant win for Cardwell.

“This has been a long time coming for the residents of Port Hinchinbrook.

“As soon as the live stream ended, I had Port Hinchinbrook residents contacting me expressing how relived they were with the resolution.

“I can assure you there will be a few residents crackin’ a cold one after this announcement,” he said. Port Hinchinbrook residents Mr. and Mrs. Lake stated they we’re feeling extremely positive to finally have a step forward for the Port Hinchinbrook residents.

“We have had our property in Port Hinchinbrook for just over twenty years and this is the first day that we feel recognised as part of the Cardwell community and shire.

“In the past we have felt very aliened, we have been rate payers for all these years and have not been treated like every other resident in the shire.

“It’s amazing that both federal and state governments are contributing and are getting us back to normalisation, they can see the potential in Port Hinchinbrook.

“This is a win for the whole region because Hinchinbrook is a hidden gem.”

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