Moss­man’s fence di­vides coun­cil dis­cus­sion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

“IT looks like you’re driv­ing into a town called Wool­worths,” re­marked coun­cil­lor Noli on the southern en­trance to the Moss­man town cen­tre dur­ing Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Cr Noli’s com­ment came dur­ing a stri­dent dis­cus­sion over a mo­tion to up­grade the streetscape of Parkers Creek foot­way.

Cr Carey sub­mit­ted the mo­tion to re­move the “pool type fenc­ing” that cur­rently sits at what he re­ferred to as the “en­try to the Moss­man town cen­tre” and re­place it with 1-1.5 me­tre or­na­men­tal hedge.

While coun­cil­lors were in agree­ment that the en­trance needed “beau­ti­fy­ing” they couldn’t agree on the method.

The Aus­troads Guide to Road De­sign for pedes­trian and cy­clist paths stip­u­lates that a fence is re­quired when there are ob­sta­cles, such as bushes or a steep ver­ti­cal drop be­side a path. Cr Noli pointed out that a hedge fell un­der the cri­te­ria of an “ob­sta­cle” and did not sat­isfy the Aus­troads engi­neer­ing re­quire­ments.

Cr Noli moved to amend the mo­tion to beau­tify the area with the pos­si­bil­ity of keep­ing a fence if needed but it was not car­ried af­ter a 2-3 vote.

De­spite the Aus­troad stip­u­la­tions Cr Carey, Cr Melchert and Cr Clarke voted to keep the orig­i­nal mo­tion with a slight amend­ment to fol­low Aus­troad guide­lines.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu ended the mo­tion with pro­vi­sion for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion and de­bate dur­ing coun­cil work­shop.

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