Beach ac­cess re­opened

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil has re­opened a beach ac­cess path af­ter real­is­ing it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity and as­set of the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage.

Last week con­cerned com­mu­nity mem­bers con­tacted the Gazette af­ter a sign was erected on the south­ern Sher­a­ton beach ac­cess path­way, in­form­ing the pub­lic of its clo­sure.

Af­ter the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage learnt of this, they con­tact coun­cil and gen­eral man­ager Lach­lan Walker said they have since asked for de­tails of the re­port to find out what is needed in terms of re­pairs.

‘‘Our en­gi­neer is work­ing with the coun­cil iden­ti­fy­ing ar­eas that re­quire rec­ti­fi­ca­tion and will carry th­ese re­pairs out in due course based on a pri­or­ity sys­tem,’’ he said.

Re­pairs re­quired in­clude fix­ing ar­eas of dam­aged path­way and a leak­ing pipe from an ad­ja­cent prop­erty, which has caused dam­age.

Di­vi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu, who strongly op­posed the path­way clo­sure said she would work with the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage to rec­tify the di­lap­i­dated path­way.

‘‘If I had been con­sulted in the first place, this de­ba­cle could have eas­ily been avoided,’’ she said.

‘‘I was well aware the path­way is owned by the Sher­a­ton and sub­ject to an agree­ment with Coun­cil in re­la­tion to main­te­nance.

‘‘I am very pleased this mat­ter has now been set­tled. It was clear from the out­set that the path­way was very im­por­tant to lo­cals and tourists want­ing to ac­cess the beach.

‘‘I look for­ward to work­ing with the Sher­a­ton Re­sort in sort­ing out the main­te­nance is­sues as per the cur­rent agree­ment with coun­cil.’’

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