Thirsty garden receives lifeline
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.