‘Car yard’ given new lease of life

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE only car yard in Port Dou­glas has been given an­other lease of life.

The va­cant block at 1 Jewel Close has long been a pop­u­lar site for cars, boats and car­a­vans with hand-let­tered For Sale signs propped against them.

Fol­low­ing reg­u­lar com­mu­nity com­plaints, the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice, which owns the block, de­cided to sell the prom­i­nent block in Jan­uary.

A lo­cal build­ing com­pany made an of­fer on the block and thought the sale was sealed.

How­ever, fol­low­ing fur­ther com­mu­nity com­plaints to the Po­lice Min­is­ter, the block has been taken off the mar­ket.

Aus­tart di­rec­tor Phil Matthews was philo­soph­i­cal about the can­celled sale.

“If it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be,” he said.

“We were go­ing to build a dis­play home on the site, but we’ll find some­where else.”

The fu­ture of the site is now un­clear, with sug­ges­tions it could be of­fered to coun­cil for a pub­lic park or turned into a sanc­tu­ary for the lo­cal colony of fruit bats.

Iron­i­cally, it is be­lieved to have been a letter from lo­cal bat-hater Tony Buck­ley which sparked the po­lice re-think.

Mr Buck­ley lob­bied for the land to be trans­formed into the “Gateway to Reef Park”.

“QPS re­ceived a letter from a com­mu­nity mem­ber propos­ing an al­ter­na­tive use for the land,” a state­ment from the po­lice ser­vice said.

“The QPS has with­drawn the prop­erty from the mar­ket to fur­ther re­view its op­tions for the prop­erty.”

Coun­cil of­fi­cers said last week they had not heard from the po­lice ser­vice re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the block.

Mr Buck­ley is cur­rently over­seas and could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Not for sale: the va­cant lot on Jewel Close

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