Work finally under way on esplanade upgrade
THE proposed Port Douglas lagoon pool may still be on the drawing board, but one Waterfront rejuvenation project has just taken the final step from the planner’s diary into reality.
Cairns Regional Council has embarked on the Four Mile beach esplanade upgrade.
“The works will improve landscaping, pedestrian flow and safety, reduce roadside erosion and improve drainage along the Esplanade while retaining the character and laid back atmosphere that we all love,” Division 10 councillor Julia Leu said.
Council embarked on extensive community consultations before approving the final design.
The rejuvenation will involve turning the esplanade into a one-way street with angle parking on the western side of the road and a new “feature entry” at the northern end of the esplanade.
Less water-intensive plants such as pandanus and fan palms will be introduced at the expense of the scruffy golden canes which dominate parts of the esplanade at present.
All-abilities access to the beach will be improved, with a wheelchair ramp near the lifesavers’ hut and disabled access to the existing barbecue area.
If the weather gods are kind, the esplanade upgrade will be finished by the end of April.
Even with bad weather, the upgrades should be complete by the time of Carnivale Beach Day in late May.
First steps: councillor Julia Leu on site at the Port Douglas esplanade