Talks on round­about green­ery

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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