Live precinct gets sign-off
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
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