Trim­ming the palms

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

IN THE lead up to Car­ni­vale ev­ery year Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil ti­dies up Port Dou­glas’s iconic oil palms - al­though this year it al­most did not hap­pen.

It was un­der­stood there had been no cur­rent con­tract for the main­te­nance job, un­til the Gazette spoke with Mayor Bob Man­ning on Mon­day.

Cr Man­ning’s re­sponse was it would get done and in time for Car­ni­vale - al­though it is now cut­ting it a bit fine to get done in time.

‘‘If that’s what we nor­mally do for Car­ni­vale then that’s what we will do,’’ he said.

Di­vi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said ide­ally, this should have been started ear­lier like in pre­vi­ous years and the staff are not at fault for the de­lay.

‘‘It is crit­i­cal that Port Dou­glas looks its best for Car­ni­vale and fol­low­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion, I have been given a com­mit­ment that the trim­ming of the oil palms will be com­pleted in time for Car­ni­vale,’’ she said.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil could not con­firm when the sched­uled main­te­nance would be­gin.

Pic­ture: JESSIE TOL­SON

LOOK­ING SHABBY: the oil palms lead­ing into Port Dou­glas

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