Ten­ders to build pipe­line

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil will re­view the num­ber of boat trailer park­ing spa­ces at the Dain­tree ferry af­ter a meet­ing of the strate­gic plan­ning com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

Divi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu put for­ward the mo­tion to in­ves­ti­gate an in­crease to park­ing at the site to cater for the needs of lo­cal fish­er­men.

“There sim­ply are not enough spa­ces dur­ing peak times such as hol­i­days and other peak times,” Cr Leu said.

“At present there are only 26 boat trailer park­ing spa­ces and now at least we have the ap­proval to re­view the sit­u­a­tion be­cause recre­ational boat­ing is a big part of the cul­ture here in Port Dou­glas and Moss­man.

“Through my own ob­ser­va­tions and hav­ing spo­ken with a num­ber of peo­ple in­volved in recre­ational boat­ing, the amount of park­ing spa­ces does need to be in­creased.

“And there is an op­por­tu­nity for mak­ing the additional spa­ces to cope with the over- flow be­cause the land is there and avail­able for use and more im­por­tantly it meets the cri­te­ria to ob­tain a grant from the State Govern­ment and to ob­tain funds from the Ferry Re­serve Pro­gram. “So it’s a per­fect fit.” Cr Leu said that her rec­om­men­da­tion called for the num­ber of al­lo­cated boat trailer parks in the Dain­tree Gate­way Mas­ter Plan be re­viewed and con­sid­er­a­tion given to pro­vid­ing an over­flow boat trailer park­ing area for peak pe­ri­ods. CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil is call­ing for ten­ders to con­struct the first sec­tion of the re­cy­cled water line.

The pipe­line, from Moss­man to the Newell Beach turn-off, will be con­structed to­gether with the trunk water main ex­ten­sion to Newell Beach.

The de­sign and con­struc­tion ten­der for the Moss­man re­cy­cled water stor­age and retic­u­la­tion sys­tem will be ad­ver­tised at the end of this month.

Re­cy­cled water will be used for ir­ri­ga­tion at sev­eral coun­cil-owned sites, in­clud­ing the Moss­man coun­cil of­fice, lo­cal parks and gar­dens, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of water and waste Bruce Gar­diner.

“Re­cy­cled water will be of­fered to some of coun­cil’s high us­age cus­tomers once the avail­able quan­ti­ties have been de­ter­mined,” he said.

The $7.6 mil­lion re­cy­cled water pro­gram is jointly funded by coun­cil and the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

Any com­mer­cial cus­tomers or com­mu­nity groups in­ter­ested in us­ing the re­cy­cled water are urged to con­tact the coun­cil.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Full house: the boat trailer over­flow last Satur­day

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