Green light for new at­trac­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Madi­son Wil­liams

TWO new tourist at­trac­tions are on track for the shire af­ter the coun­cil showed its sup­port at Tues­day’s meet­ing.

A de­vel­op­ment per­mit was ap­proved for elec­tric bike tours in Cape Tribu­la­tion, which will fol­low a loop course through the Dain­tree Rain­for­est.

The coun­cil also pro­vided in-prin­ci­ple sup­port for a pro­posed ad­ven­ture park at Mow­bray.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said both projects were shap­ing up as fab­u­lous at­trac­tions: “The elec­tric bike tours us­ing ex­ist­ing rain­for­est tracks pro­mote low im­pact eco-tourism and show­case the unique en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ac­ter of the wet trop­ics,” she said.

“It pro­vides an en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly way to ex­plore the rain­for­est and al­lows peo­ple of all ages and fit­ness lev­els to par­tic­i­pate through the use of elec­tri­cally-as­sisted moun­tain bikes.”

The Mow­bray Ad­ven­ture Park is pro­posed to be­come an education, sport and en­ter­tain- ment park di­vided into themed ac­tiv­ity precincts based on ad­ven­ture and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture. The park will have a bike track, skat­ing area, mul­tiuse sports course and an ob­sta­cle course.

“The Mow­bray Ad­ven­ture Park pro­posal also in­cludes dor­mi­tory-style ac­com­mo­da­tion to fa­cil­i­tate school groups,” Ms Leu said.

“Both projects are fan­tas­tic con­cepts that of­fer a point of dif­fer­ence to what is cur­rently avail­able in the shire and have coun­cil’s full sup­port.”

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