Talks on gateway
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.
The roundabout at the entrance to Port Douglas