Waterfront action plan
CAIRNS Regional Council will take over the leases of all land and buildings between the Combined Club and Sugar Wharf next March.
Meridien Marinas is handing back its leases to allow council to move forward with its plans for the Waterfront.
All tenants in the buildings will be required to vacate by March and council will conduct an audit of the condition of the buildings to determine if they can be used for community purposes.
If the buildings are not suitable for occupation, they will be demolished and council can create parklands in the area.
“This could open up new opportunities for public use in the interim period prior to construction of the lagoon and waterfront park,” council CEO Lyn Russell said.
“Council will initially need to investigate the safety and suitability of the existing buildings for public use, before seeking input from the public as to the most appropriate use for the buildings.
“This part of the Waterfront is a key component in our long-term planning and to have it back in public use would be a positive outcome for the community.”
Ms Russell said while it is still premature to submit any individual project for the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF), the Port Douglas Waterfront Master Plan is a priority and is nearing the “investment-ready” status that is required for the funding pool.
“We await the release of the second round of funding guidelines next month, when full details of the criteria will be provided,” she said.
“Once Council officers have received that information, eligible projects will be assessed and a recommendation containing the priorities for the funding round will be provided to councillors for endorsement.
“These priorities will be determined based on their likelihood of success under the funding criteria.”
In the meantime, council officers have begun work on applications for conversion of land tenure and resource entitlement for the Waterfront.
They are also working on applications to be lodged for the balance of land related to the Waterfront and land at Spinnaker Ave related to the future site of the relocated boat ramp.
Insert lagoon here: an overview of where it would be