SHIRE PUTS WISH LIST
MAYOR Julia Leu is in Cairns at the Northern Queensland Economic Summit presenting a list of Shire must-haves to the Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Dave Stewart. A new primary health centre in Diwan and a commitment to prioritising remedial work on the Rocky Point boat ramp are a few of the issues that will appear on the Mayor’s wish list.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt will all make an appearance at the summit that aims to outline current and future investment opportunities in FNQ.
The Mayor will meet with Mr Stewart to request the State Government undertake urgent remedial works to address immediate safety and operational concerns expressed by the community as a result of the recent Rocky Point Boat Ramp upgrade. “It has become obvious that the upgrade of the Rocky Point boat ramp by the State Government has not had the desired outcome and appears to have created additional safety and operational concerns,” said Mayor Leu.
Mayor Leu will also speak on behalf of the community regarding the desire to “improve the accessibility and functionality of the boat ramp at Newell Beach” and introduce a boat ramp to Cooper Creek.
“Access to the Newell Beach boat ramp is significantly hampered because of a build-up of sand in the channel while the construction of a new boat ramp at Cooper Creek is something the community has been asking for for a long time.”
The issue of a Cooper Creek boat ramp was brought forward by residents of the Daintree during the July 23 Daintree Forum.
The Forum presented a number of issues and requests to the Douglas Shire Council including discussions about NDDRA, the Coconut Management Plan and waste collection.
The Mayor will also ask Mr Stewart to prioritise purchase of land and construction of a new Primary Health Centre at Diwan.
The current building lacks toilet facilities and appropriate consulting rooms.