‘Up­mar­ket’ van park for Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

AN up­mar­ket car­van park that will cater for the self-drive tourist mar­ket is set for con­struc­tion off the Cap­tain Cook High­way just north of Port Dou­glas.

Richard He­witt, an ex­pe­ri­enced car­a­van park op­er­a­tor in Ku­nunurra in Western Aus­tralia, owns the 5.3 hectare site which bor­ders Crees Creek and plans on de­vel­op­ing the land into a na­ture-based car­a­van park.

The 57 car­a­van sites in the pro­posed park will be pro­vided with 2 me­tre buf­fers to their side and rear bound­aries.

One of coun­cil’s stip­u­la­tions was to make the park look ap­peal­ing to passer-bys

To abide by coun­cil stip­u­la­tions Mr He­witt plans to in­clude a 20 me­tre rain­for­est buf­fer to par­tially con­ceal the park from the Cap­tain Cook High­way.

The site is ad­ja­cent to man­grove wet­lands/ti­dal sys­tem to the east that form part of Dick­sons In­let. To take ad­van­tage of the nat­u­ral as­sets of the lo­ca­tion, Mr He­witt plans state that the

lower rear half of the site will be left un­de­vel­oped (ini­tially) with pos­si­ble po­ten­tial

for fur­ther cabin fa­cil­i­ties, man­grove in­ter­pre­tive cen­tre, nat­u­ral open space, wet­land

walk­ing trail along a po­ten­tial fu­ture track to Port Dou­glas (pos­si­bly us­ing the old cane train track). The pro­posed ac­cess off the Cook High­way is ad­ja­cent to the pass­ing lane of the

south­bound pro­tected right-turn slot into Her­itage Lane.

“The Depart­ment of Trans­port and

Main Roads will be a con­cur­rence agency for any for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion and it is likely that the

cur­rent pro­posed ac­cess lo­ca­tion may need to be moved to avoid traf­fic con­flicts close to the

Her­itage Lane in­ter­sec­tion,” the coun­cil re­port notes.

Coun­cil em­pha­sises that the park must cater for tran­sient vis­i­tors only, and must not pro­vide “a per­ma­nent, al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tion”.

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

Ben Burke, Jeff An­der­son, Mark McMullen and Luke McMullen (miss­ing: Les Nor­ris)

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