Thirsty gar­den re­ceives life­line

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

LO­CAL leg­end James Wat­son and his fa­mous Nau­tilus St com­mu­nity gar­den have lived to bloom an­other day.

The 77-year-old Port Dou­glas res­i­dent has turned the me­dian strip in Nau­tilus St, from the Nim­rod Re­sort to Conch St into a lit­tle oa­sis with a num­ber of plants and shrubs and some seat­ing in two ar­eas of the gar­den.

He has also cre­ated sev­eral walk­ing paths through the veg­e­ta­tion as well as build­ing a small wooden foot­bridge com- plete with hand rails.

But all his hard work was threat­ened by heart­less thieves who kept steal­ing his hoses.

He was also left high and dry when Nim­rod Re­sort was no longer able to con­tinue its gen­er­ous sup­ply of wa­ter and Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil ini­tially de­clined to help out.

But a change of heart by the coun­cil this week has re­sulted in Mr Wat­son be­ing given a wa­ter tap and 50 me­tres of pip­ing that coun­cil work­ers will lay.

The coun­cil is also look­ing into a suit­able stor­age ar­range­ment to avoid fu­ture thefts.

“This is just won­der­ful,” Mr Wat­son said.

“I am thrilled and grate­ful to the coun­cil that they can help me to main­tain this lit­tle oa­sis and I want to thank them very much and also for the many plants they have al­ready given me.”

Di­vi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said she was pleased to hear the ex­tra tap and pip­ing was on the way.

“This sec­tion of gar­den has be­come well-known within the com­mu­nity and a lot of peo­ple utilise it and thanks to James’s ded­i­ca­tion a lot more peo­ple will get to en­joy it,” Cr Leu said.

“It’s also timely, be­cause with the dry sea­son about to sneak up on us it would be dis­ap­point­ing to see all his hard work come to nothing just be­cause he couldn’t ac­cess a wa­ter tap.”

Last year coun­cil placed a plaque at the site pay­ing homage to Mr Wat­son for his work.

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