Woobadda bridge fund­ing U-turn

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil­lor yes­ter­day with­drew his rescis­sion mo­tion which jeop­ar­dised fund­ing for a $2.5 mil­lion bridge at Woobadda Creek cross­ing.

Coun­cil­lor John Schilling had planned to at­tempt to un­wind an ear­lier de­ci­sion by the coun­cil to pledge up to $470,000 to the new bridge, say­ing the new Dou­glas coun­cil should pay for it.

But Cr Schilling’s rescis­sion no­tice was with­drawn from the coun­cil’s agenda at the last minute yes­ter­day and the CRC’s contri- bu­tion to the $2.47 mil­lion bridge pro­ject re­mains firm.

Mayor Bob Man­ning said he un­der­stood the angst among coun­cil­lors on both sides of the bound­ary lines, but any ex­pen­di­ture be­tween now and the de-amal­ga­ma­tion on Jan­uary 1 next year would be taken into ac­count when cash and as­sets are di­vided.

Di­vi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu urged coun­cil to get on with the job of build­ing the bridge be­fore the next wet sea­son.

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