Talks on roundabout greenery
THE Mossman Botanic Gardens group are calling a meeting this coming Monday, November 25, to discuss the greening of the new Port Douglas roundabout.
After the original plans to have a concrete-filled roundabout were scrapped, the floor has been left open for public consultation on making the entrance into the region a landscaped icon.
MBG vice president Frank Frikker said the group contacted State MP David Kempton to offer assistance in designing and creating the roundabout.
‘‘Like others we believe that this a rare opportunity to create an iconic landmark for the entire Douglas region, something visitors will remember when going back home,’’ he said.
‘‘ Alan Carle ( MBG president), myself and John Sullivan from Hor- tulus met with David Kempton on the day of the marathon earlier this month to discuss this matter and David suggested a public meeting. The MBG team agreed to take on the facilitator role.
‘‘Sullivan will bring along some old and new design drafts to kick off discussion and it is important that people come and use this opportunity to participate and support the region’s endeavours to shine as a top tourist destination.’’
Mr Frikker said they are waiting on clarification from Mr Kempton about funding, considering there is money allocated for concrete which could be reallocated.
‘‘At least this amount of money can be used and we also know there are a number of volunteers who have offered their help,’’ he said.
‘‘ If the government finds the material and we do the work planting them, or we bring a plant each, we will see, but first we have to understand what we want to create, how it should look.’’
Both Mr Kempton and the Main Roads authorities have been invited to attend the public meeting, which is open to everyone’s ideas on the roundabout.
The meeting will be held at the Clink Theatre in Port Douglas on November 25, from 6pm.