Right on the water

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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