Mur­phy St build­ing gets ap­proval

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

ONE of the last va­cant blocks on Flagstaff Hill re­ceived pre­lim­i­nary build­ing ap­proval last week from Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

Ap­pli­cant Prime Con­struc­tions gained coun­cil ap­proval at last Wed­nes­day’s or­di­nary meet­ing for the pro­posed six-unit de­vel­op­ment on the site of the for­mer coun­cil quarry at 69-73 Mur­phy St.

The de­vel­op­ment will con­sist of six town­house-style units on three lev­els, with the bot­tom level taken up by stor­age and garag­ing. Ac­cess to the unit block will be via the Es­planade. “We’re con­fi­dent we’ve put a very good pro­posal on the ta­ble,” Prime man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Andy Tay­lor said.

“We’re work­ing closely with coun­cil to en­sure we don’t im­pact on the Es­planade, and it’s a good re­sult for neigh­bour­ing units.”

A ma­jor con­straint on the de­vel­op­ment is the need to sta­bilise the wall at the rear boundary of the site, a relic of the days when “Bil­ly­goat Hill” was the poor man’s ad­dress and coun­cil quarry rather than the most ex­pen­sive patch of Port Dou­glas.

The ap­proval is one of very few bright spots on the hori­zon for the lo­cal build­ing in­dus­try, which has slumped across the wider Cairns re­gion.

Not one multi-unit de­vel­op­ment was be­gun across the Cairns re­gion in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary, and only 18 houses.

Some neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents clearly don’t ap­prove of the pro­posed build­ing, which they claim will in­crease the risk of flood­ing and cause ex­ces­sive noise.

One de­scribed the unit block as po­ten­tially be­ing a “mas­sive con­crete cliff with a few trees for cam­ou­flage”.

How­ever, Divi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said the de­vel­op­ment was “the right de­sign on a tricky site”.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers have im­posed strict con­di­tions on the de­vel­oper to min­imise all neg­a­tive im­pacts,” she said.

“I’m quite im­pressed with the ar­chi­tec­ture and green spaces which have been de­signed around the build­ing en­ve­lope.”

The Port Dou­glas Iconic Panel will now as­sess the ap­pli­ca­tion at its next meet­ing.

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