Craiglie ser­vice sta­tion DA ex­tended

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

COUN­CIL­LORS voted to ex­tent the de­vel­op­ment ap­proval (DA) pe­riod for a pro­posed ser­vice sta­tion on the for­mer site of Paws and Claws last week.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment of the site was orig­i­nally ap­proved by the for­mer DSC in 2007, and has been re­newed three times since — once by the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and now twice by the new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil.

The new ap­proval is to Jan­uary 24 2018, mean­ing by the time the most re­cent ex­ten­sion lapses, it would have a life­span of over a decade.

The use of the site for a ser­vice sta­tion was chal­lenged in a pe­ti­tion last year that was signed by 92 lo­cals.

The pe­ti­tion had high­lighted en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns about the site and the im­pact of the con­struc­tion and on­go­ing use of a ser­vice sta­tion on the nearby wa­ter­ways.

At the time, the coun­cil re­ceived the pe­ti­tion but con­ceded that there was noth­ing that could be done, given the ser­vice sta­tion had al­ready been ap­proved.

Deputy Mayor Abi­gail Noli brought up the pe­ti­tion be­fore vot­ing on the re­quest to ex­tend the ap­proval, ask­ing whether it was fac­tored in to coun­cil of­fi­cers rec­om­men­da­tion to sup­port the re­quest.

Au­thor of the re­port, co-or­di­na­tor for de­vel­op­ment as­sess­ment and co-or­di­na­tion Si­mon Clarke said that “the pe­ti­tion had been dealt with, the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns are noted, and they have been con­di­tioned not just by coun­cil, but by state gov­ern­ment.”

Mr Clarke ex­plained that the orig­i­nal ap­pli­ca­tion had been ac­com­pa­nied by the ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies, and that the ser­vice sta­tion was to be built on the front por­tion of the land, with more en­vi­ron­men­tally vul­ner­a­ble parts to the rear of the block un­touched.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will be re­viewed again in 12 months if con­struc­tion has not gone ahead by dead­line.

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