‘Car yard’ given new lease of life
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“The QPS has withdrawn the property from the market to further review its options for the property.”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.
Not for sale: the vacant lot on Jewel Close