New Mow­bray fish­ing plat­form on the way for next year

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FISHERS and croc spot­ters miss­ing their favourite perch have some­thing to look for­ward to - Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil is car­ry­ing out pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions into a pro­posed fish­ing plat­form to be built on the site of the Old Mow­bray Bridge.

In­fra­struc­ture man­ager Michael Kriede­mann said pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion would be a part of the process.

“Our aim is to seek com­mu­nity feed­back on the project, in­clud­ing po­ten­tial de­signs, be­fore the end of this year.

“We will then seek to in­cor­po­rate the rel­e­vant feed­back into the fi­nal de­sign and be­gin con­struc­tion in 2017.”

The Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil has al­lo­cated $100,000 in fund­ing to­wards the con­struc­tion of a new plat­form at the pop­u­lar fish­ing site in their 2016/17 bud­get.

The clos­ing of the old bridge south of Port Dou­glas in Fe­bru­ary this year drew out­rage from the com­mu­nity.

The sud­den clo­sure by the coun­cil was car­ried out af­ter an en­gi­neer’s re­port on the old bridge’s con­di­tion deemed it to be too un­safe and at risk of “cat­a­strophic fail­ure”.

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