Mossman’s fence divides council discussion
“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.