Car park chosen as preferred site for Waterfront lagoon
PORT’S Waterfront lagoon pool is likely to be built between the Tin Shed and the Sugar Wharf.
The waterfront management committee established by Cairns Regional Council last week endorsed the preferred
location suggested by consultants Strategic Leisure Group.
The site was one of four alternatives considered by SLG, with two others further east on the Dickson Inlet side of town and one on Four Mile Beach near the Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club.
All four locations were assessed against a range of criteria, including environmental impact, issues around construction and environmental approvals, public access and support, and the overall costs of building a lagoon pool at each site.
The preferred site, currently a car park, scored the highest of the four sites across all indicators. The preferred option will now go to council for approval before being presented to the public.
Council will also prepare detailed plans and start hunting for the cash to build the lagoon pool.
The lagoon pool has become the symbol of Port’s waterfront rejuvenation, with business and tourism leaders pinning their hopes on the prospects for a rapid building program.
Several of the leases in the area expire in March 2012, opening the way for redevelopment.
Council has also prepared a draft for the redevelopment of the entire precinct between the Tin Shed and Rex Smeal Park, dubbed “Waterfront Park”, including traffic studies and landscaping plans.
The relocation of the public boat ramp to Spinnaker Ave by the Port Douglas Yacht Club will also be pushed forward.
“It’s a jigsaw puzzle,” council manager for Douglas Liz Collyer said.
“We had to take into account how the lagoon interacts with all the other elements of the Waterfront masterplan, the proposed Mowbray St realignment, traffic flows, parking, landscaping.”
“We’re looking at increasing parking at the yacht club from 18 to 50 trailer-parking spaces.”
Ms Collyer said there would be several options for the public to get involved with the next phase of consultation, beginning later this month.
“There will be online surveys, and council will also be renting a shopfront in Macrossan St to present all the elements of the plan and to seek feedback.”
The concept designs will be presented to council next Wednesday, 23 March.
Next week the Gazette will bring you the latest maps and plans for the wider Waterfront, including the Four Mile Beach esplanade, the realignment of Mowbray St, the “waterfront park” and the relocation of the Dickson Inlet boat ramp to the yacht club.
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