Gateway open in May
THE Mossman Gorge Gateway is on track to officially open in May.
The $18 million redevelopment will result in a complete transformation in how visitors use and access Mossman Gorge, with a new enterperative centre and the closure of the roadway to general traffic with a new turn-around facility for a shuttle-bus to ferry people to and from the Gorge.
General manager Greg Erwin said the project was an exciting development for the region.
“The civil works are well and truly underway and the landscaping will soon be started along with the fit-out of the building,” Mr Erwin said.
“We are very pleased with the progress and when it is all finished the building will look stunning both inside and out.
“The floors in the café and the gallery in particular will look amazing with highly polished concrete that looks just like flecked marble.
“And it will be a very user friendly building too with everything set out to enhance the visit of tourists and locals.
“The introduction of the shuttle-bus will make it so much safer to get to the gorge and as anyone who has ever driven on the road to the gorge knows, it is not very good and also big coaches cannot use it.
“This will make it much safer for everyone and so enhance their experience of visiting the Gorge as well as making it much more sustainable with the removal of traffic.
“And with up to 400,000 tourists visiting the Mossman Gorge each year, sustainability is a very big issue that we have to now always address.”
As well as the Gateway Centre building on the site, there will be an administration block for the centre as well as the Department of Environment and Resource Management and a 20-bed hostel for remote trainees.
“We are particularly pleased to be able to offer our remote trainees, who come from as far away as Cape York, comfortable accommodation so that they can concentrate on their studies while they are with us before they eventually take on jobs in the wider community,” Mr Erwin said.
“And once the centre is open, during the high season, we hope to be employing 70 people of which 80 per cent will be indigenous.”
Work in progress: general manager Greg Erwin and director of sales Philip Newland check out the Gateway plans