Plat­form for opin­ions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Madi­son Wil­liams

DOU­GLAS Shire Coun­cil says the com­mu­nity will be con­sulted on any new plat­form to be con­sid­ered for the site of the old Mow­bray River bridge.

The coun­cil re­moved the old bridge plat­form last week af­ter re­ceiv­ing an ex­pert en­gi­neer’s re­port which warned of “the pos­si­bil­ity of cata- strophic fail­ure and the po­ten­tial for se­ri­ous in­jury”.

The area was bar­ri­caded off by the coun­cil sev­eral months ago for safety rea­sons but peo­ple con­tin­ued to use the plat­form — and the lat­est in­spec­tion showed it had de­te­ri­o­rated con­sid­er­ably.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the coun­cil would now con­duct an as­sess­ment of the struc­tural con­di­tion of the re­main­ing piers and pre­pare a re­port on op­tions for a new plat­form and an­tic­i­pated costs for the new coun­cil.

“Coun­cil will un­der­take a thor­ough com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion process to de­ter­mine op­tions for the re­place­ment of a jetty as soon as all nec­es­sary tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion is avail­able,” Mayor Leu said.

“It will be up to the new coun­cil, fol­low­ing lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions on March 19, to de­ter­mine if the plat­form is to be re­placed and, if so, what type of struc­ture is pre­ferred, so this can be in­cluded in the cap­i­tal works bud­get.

“It is well recog­nised that this pop­u­lar fish­ing and view­ing spot is loved by the com­mu­nity, and now that the safety is­sues have been sub­stan­tially ad­dressed, staff can plan to com­pre­hen­sively con­sult the com­mu­nity with re­gards to de­sir­able op­tions for re­place­ment, re­design or al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tions.”

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