Shire’s aim: peo­ple to stay longer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

THE first stages of a $200,000 facelift for Moss­man’s Front St should be com­pleted be­fore Christ­mas.

Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil is giv­ing Front St a well-de­served makeover which in­cludes resur­fac­ing and paving work, cus­tom-made bench seat­ing, new planter boxes, bins and other street fur­ni­ture.

Two new bench seats near the Post Of­fice and the CWA Build­ing are due to be in­stalled be­fore Christ­mas, with the re­main­der of re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion works to be com­pleted in the first three months of 2016.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project was de­signed to com­ple­ment the ru­ral charm of Front St and en­cour­age more peo­ple to do busi­ness in Moss­man, af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and a pub­lic meet­ing about the project ear­lier this year.

“Front St has a very dis­tinct char­ac­ter which is why Coun­cil has opted for cus­tom-made street fur­ni­ture fea­tur­ing pol­ished con­crete and tim­ber which re­ally fits in with the sur­round­ings,” Mayor Leu said.

“It was very im­por­tant to in­clude new seat­ing for Front St as a fea­ture of the Front St re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project, it will en­cour­age peo­ple to spend more time in town if they’ve got some­where to sit down and en­joy the place.

“The ex­tra planter boxes will add plenty of green­ery to the streetscape with­out im­pact­ing on the num­ber of park­ing spa­ces and the resur­fac­ing and paving will give the street a fresh look.

“I’m re­ally glad for this to be one of our ma­jor cap­i­tal works projects for Coun­cil and be­lieve it will re­ally en­hance the nat­u­ral beauty of Front St and Moss­man gen­er­ally.”

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