Coun­cil ticks mas­ter plan

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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.

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