‘Upmarket’ van park for Douglas
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”.
Ben Burke, Jeff Anderson, Mark McMullen and Luke McMullen (missing: Les Norris)