Council ticks master plan
THE Daintree Gateway Master Plan was finally agreed to at midday yesterday after being thrashed out for the past 12 months between Cairns Regional Council, residents and the stakeholder reference group members.
Division 10 councillor Julia Loy said she was very pleased the plan has been adopted after a unanimous meeting of council’s planning and environment committee.
Councillor Leu said she was excited about the approval of the plan and said that the 12 months of hard work that had gone into the plan had now paid off and was just awaiting implementation.
“It’s now just a matter of allocating funds from the budget and getting the plan implemented as soon as possible,” she said.
“The plan will go to a final planning meeting in September and then staff will begin developing the plan.
“I am very excited at the outcome because it will be of great benefit to the locals and visitors alike.”
When asked if the plan could fall over through lack of funds, Councillor Leu said that this could not happen as the funds would be allocated and because the plan has been adopted it will come to fruition.
“Works and improvements will be undertaken in stages and each area will be responsible for commencing works in their own precincts,” Councillor Leu said.
Crossroads Café owner Alice Sinkovich said the compromise reached was the best possible for Stakeholder Reference Group members.
Council says under the master plan the Daintree Gateway will enhance the prosperity of local businesses and communities. It will contribute to greater awareness of the experience available in the region and complement existing businesses and attractions.