Talks on gate­way

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A MEET­ING of 25 con­cerned Dou­glas Shire res­i­dents met on Mon­day night to dis­cuss the fu­ture of the Port Dou­glas Round­about and ad­ja­cent land­scap­ing.

Moss­man Botanic Gar­den pres­i­dent Alan Carle and vice pres­i­dent Frank Frikker wel­comed at­ten­dees in­clud­ing Mem­ber for Cook, David Kempton, and mayor elect Ju­lia Leu.

Mr Kempton sug­gested that all op­tions are open, yet we need to be mind­ful of Main Roads cri­te­ria. Mayor elect Ju­lia Leu said we must be aware of fi­nan­cial con­straints for the be­gin­ning of our new Shire.

MBG acted as fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the be­gin­ning of a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process, to gather com­mu­nity wishes for this im­por­tant gate­way to Port Dou­glas and ar­eas north.

At­ten­dees broke into small groups to put ideas on a set of large blank plans, and were en­cour­aged to be cre­ative, in­spir­ing, and to con­sider any­thing that may be suit­able for such an im­por­tant in­ter­sec­tion.

A list of com­mon ideas quickly emerged which in­cluded lush, trop­i­cal, colour­ful, di­verse, green, and dense veg­e­ta­tion. The con­sen­sus was that na­tive plants should pre­dom­i­nate, but that some colour­ful ex­otics could be used in fo­cal ar­eas.

Hor­tu­lus Land­scap­ing di­rec­tor John Sul­li­van ex­plained pre­vi­ous plans for the ar­eas, and sug­gested that in the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion it may be ap­pro­pri­ate to im­ple­ment any scheme in a staged process, start­ing with the round­about it­self, fol­lowed by the im­me­di­ate ad­ja­cent ar­eas and even­tu­ally in­clude the ar­eas from Craiglie, north­ward and east down Port Dou­glas Road.

Par­tic­i­pants felt dis­cour­aged that the me­dian strips were be­ing con­creted and paved with­out con­sul­ta­tion. Mr David Kempton said he would stop that work, and on Tues­day af­ter­noon work was post­poned pend­ing the fi­nal plans.

It was recog­nised that some mem­bers of the pub­lic were not able to at­tend the meet­ing and they are en­cour­aged to send in their ideas to the Moss­man Botanic Gar­den web­site or Face­book page, or con­tact the lo­cal me­dia so th­ese ideas may be cir­cu­lated and taken on board.

http:// www. moss­man­b­otan­ic­gar­den. com.au/CON­TACT-US.7.0.html

https:// www. face­book. com/ Moss­man­B­otan­ic­Gar­den?ref=hl

It is hoped pre­lim­i­nary plans can be drawn up be­fore Christ­mas to present to state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

Pic­ture: JESSIE TOL­SON

LAND­SCAP­ING:

The round­about at the en­trance to Port Dou­glas

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