Re­lief is on the way at Cow Bay

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott An­der­son

THE long-awaited and much bal­ly­hooed Cow Bay toi­let is fast ap­proach­ing com­ple­tion. The struc­ture is up, and the safety bar­rier looks about ready to be taken down (be­fore it com­pletes the process of fall­ing down).

Beach-go­ers, both reg­u­lars and tourists, are pleased that the re­stroom is now in place and will be op­er­a­tional soon.

Cow Bay res­i­dent Pene­lope McCavitt sang the praises of the fa­cil­ity fi­nally be­ing done.

“It is not as bad as I thought it would be,” Ms McCavitt said, “it is cer­tainly an es­sen­tial and valu­able part of the beach area for a whole load of rea­sons.”

Since Easter 2015 the pop­u­lar vis­i­tor and lo­cal des­ti­na­tion has been with­out re­strooms, fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by Queens­land Parks and Wildlife to de­stroy the old toi­let due to struc­tural and safety con­cerns.

That set off an uproar in the com­mu­nity, the ul­ti­mate re­sult of which was the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil, and Mayor Ju­lia Leu re­solv­ing that the Coun­cil (with some fund­ing from QP&W) to re-es­tab­lish the fa­cil­ity on coun­cil prop­erty in the ex­ist­ing car park.

Due to a va­ri­ety of en­vi­ron­men­tal, de­sign, and con­struc­tion is­sues, the wait for the toi­let has been long.

The pri­mary con­cerns of, par­tic­u­larly res­i­dents, was the po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal, vis­ual and aes­thetic is­sues that in­evitably arise from a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion with not pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties.

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