Plaque un­veiled for avid gar­dener

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE cre­ator of Nau­tilus Street gar­dens James Wat­son was ac­knowl­edged for his con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity with the place­ment of a plaque in his hon­our last week­end.

Over 50 lo­cals joined Mr Wat­son and Divi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu on Satur­day to un­veil the plaque with a cel­e­bra­tion and morn­ing tea.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s Dou­glas man­ager Liz Col­lyer said the plaque was sug­gested by Dou­glas Ad­vi­sory Board mem­ber Anne Booth.

“James is one of the liv­ing trea­sures of Port,” she said.

“It is not un­usual to see James at 6am or 6pm in Nau­tilus Street plant­ing new plants and look­ing af­ter the gar­den.

“His love and care of this spe­cial space in Nau­tilus Street has re­ally made the area some­where the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood can be very proud of and can so­cialise.

“It was great to see so many of the lo­cal res­i­dents come out to show their grat­i­tude to James for his part in trans­form­ing the site.”

The lo­cals also used the day as an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate Mr Wat­son’s Aus­tralia Day Award as this year’s re­cip­i­ent of the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil Vol­un­teer of the Year Award.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Hon­oured: vol­un­teer James Wat­son

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