Waterfront wreck­ers ready

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DE­MO­LI­TION works on the Port Dou­glas Waterfront will start in the next cou­ple of weeks.

The contract to de­mol­ish the build­ings tagged for the first stage be­tween the Com­bined Club and the Sugar Wharf has been awarded to Break­through NQ for $157,215 and was signed off at last Wed­nes­day’s Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ing.

Di­vi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said the de­mo­li­tion of the build­ings at 1, 3 and 5 Ash­ford Av­enue, when com­pleted, will cre­ate ad­di­tional open pub­lic space which will be planted with grass.

In keep­ing with the Port Dou­glas Master Plan vi­sion, th­ese works will cre­ate the start of a “walk­a­ble waterfront” and of­fer un­ob­structed pub­lic ac­cess to the wa­ter’s edge.

Cr Leu said she was happy at least the work was start­ing and said once the grass and sprin­kler sys­tems are in place it will be a much more en­tic­ing at­trac­tion both for the local res­i­dents and tourists.

“I am look­ing for­ward to when the de­mo­li­tion is com­pleted and the grassed ar­eas be­come avail­able for pub­lic use,” Cr Leu said.

“It will cer­tainly give this end of town a lift and more im­por­tantly al­low peo­ple to use this part of town a lot more.”

It is es­ti­mated the first stage of the de­mo­li­tion and site re­me­di­a­tion works will be com­pleted at the end of this month with the site re­turned to open grassed ar­eas avail­able for the gen­eral pub­lic to en­joy by the end of Au­gust.

It is coun­cil’s in­ten­tion to re­tain all sig­nif­i­cant trees and all works will be pro­grammed to avoid dis­tur­bance around key events in­clud­ing not al­low­ing week­end work or late evening work.

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