Trimming the palms
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.
LOOKING SHABBY: the oil palms leading into Port Douglas