Work fi­nally un­der way on es­planade up­grade

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Photo by RICHARD KOSER

First steps: coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu on site at the Port Dou­glas es­planade

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