U-turn over round­about

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Rod Kil­ner

IN­CREAS­ING un­rest among lo­cals over a con­crete-filled round­about at the en­try point to Port Dou­glas has seen the con­cept scrapped.

Lo­cal mem­ber David Kemp­ton has stepped in to end the prospect of a con­crete eye­sore greet­ing vis­i­tors to Port Dou­glas and the Dain­tree.

‘‘We’re go­ing back to the draw­ing­board, look­ing to utilise the sav­ings, em­bark on thor­ough con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and en­sure the best pos­si­ble state­ment is made,’’ Mr Kemp­ton said.

The re-think fol­lowed grow­ing op­po­si­tion of lo­cals to the TMR’s con­crete is­land de­sign, par­tic­u­larly af­ter it came to light that an of­fer was made by the Moss­man Botanic Gar­dens Com­mit­tee to de­sign and plant a gar­den at neu­tral cost to the govern­ment.

That of­fer ap­peared to re­ceive scant at­ten­tion from the govern­ment.

Di­vi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu, who was one of those call­ing for a de­sign change, is de­lighted by the de­ci­sion.

‘‘It is crit­i­cal that we didn’t lose the op­por­tu­nity to have an beau­ti­ful en­trance into Port Dou­glas, re­flec­tive of our in­ter­na­tional tourism sta­tus as Dou­glas is well known for the reef and world her­itage rain­for­est,’’ Cr Leu said. ‘‘But we could also be­come in­ter­na­tion­ally known for amaz­ing trop­i­cal gar­dens and land­scap­ing.’’

The an­nounce­ment pleased Alan Carle, the pres­i­dent Moss­man Botanic Gar­dens Com­mit­tee. ‘‘ We are elated at David’s de­ci­sion and we look for­ward to work­ing with him and other in­ter­ested com­mu­nity in­ter­est groups,’’Mr Carle said. ‘‘It’s a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate some­thing very spe­cial as an en­try to Port Dou­glas and the Dain­tree. ‘‘It’s an­other win for the lo­cal com­mu­nity who’ve spo­ken with one voice on this mat­ter, and bodes well for the fu­ture.’’

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