Live precinct gets sign-off

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

PORT Dou­glas is one step closer to mak­ing Macrossan Street an en­ter­tain­ment precinct a re­al­ity with the sup­port of Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

Coun­cil unan­i­mously voted in sup­port for the es­tab­lish­ment of an en­ter­tain­ment precinct yes­ter­day.

But Divi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said this does not mean an en­ter­tain­ment precinct is guar­an­teed.

“It means coun­cil have got the di­rec­tion to go through the process of in­cor­po­rat­ing it into the plan­ning scheme,” she said.

“There are things that have to be done when you de­velop or have any amend­ments to any plan­ning scheme.

“Un­der the sus­tain­able act there will be ad­e­quate con­sul­ta­tion and com­mu­nity de­bate for all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing nearby res­i­dents, venue own­ers, lo­cal mu­sos and mem­bers of the pub­lic.”

Coun­cil is in the process of amal­ga­mat­ing the Dou­glas plan­ning scheme with the Cairns city plan, as part of the amal­ga­ma­tion.

“We’ve al­ready been work­ing on the new plan­ning scheme and now we are able to con­sider this part of the new scheme, it is very good tim­ing,” Cr Leu said.

“There are cer­tain steps to go through which are re­ally timely, a process which in­cludes ad­ver­tis­ing, meet­ings and amend­ments.”

Com­ply­ing with the Sus­tain­abil­ity Act, work­ing to amend the plan­ning scheme while in the process of amal­ga­mat­ing plans with Cairns is the next step to get­ting an en­ter­tain­ment precinct.

In the mean­time, mem­bers of the pub­lic can for­mally make their com­plaints or sup­port for an en­ter­tain­ment precinct with a right to be heard un­der the Sus­tain­abil­ity Act.

“Live mu­sic is a re­ally im­por­tant part of the vi­brancy of Port Dou­glas and Macrossan St is ob­vi­ously a key part of that,” Cr Leu said.

“I know that when vis­i­tors want to en­joy great mu­sic, great at­mos­phere and a unique environment and we’ve got it.

“Lots of peo­ple ben­e­fit from live mu­sic and not just the lo­cal mu­sos, it af­fects the fu­ture of the town.”

To get your point on the is­sue across, email Cr Leu on j.leu@ cairns.qld.gov.au

Photo by MIKE EDWARDS

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