U-turn over roundabout
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.’’