Right on the water
CAIRNS Regional Council claims it is not breaching its own watering laws in regards to managing local parklands.
A resident complained to council’s water and waste manager Bruce Gardiner last week after observing sprinklers being used outside the permitted hours at the Mossman Showgrounds and Anzac Park.
But Douglas region manager Liz Collyer said council sometimes had to water grounds during the day for safety and practical reasons.
“To water Mossman Showgrounds, we need to set up and run travelling irrigators and to cover the entire ground, the travelling irrigation needs to operate for at least six hours,” she said.
“There can be up to five days between watering and the system needs to be operated by staff, which means generally starting no earlier than 7am.
“Anzac Park in Port Douglas is watered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, also by a travelling irrigator.
“Again, this park is used by members of the public for recreation and for community events and safety is the primary concern.
“Council takes its role as a community leader seriously and we are very much aware of the need to conserve water.”
Anyone with queries about watering times or council use of water resources can contact on 4099 9444.