Waterfront wreckers ready
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.