DSC mulls wish­list

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

IF it feels like an elec­tion year to you, look no fur­ther for proof than the $1.99 mil­lion avail­able to the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil as part of a $200 mil­lion cash splash out of Bris­bane.

Coun­cil­lors and DSC of­fi­cers have un­til Fe­bru­ary 10 to put to­gether ideas on what to sub­mit to the state gov­ern­ment for con­sid­er­a­tion for fund­ing.

Mayor Leu was coy on what is go­ing on the list for now as coun­cil­lors and of­fi­cers will be work­shop­ping ideas on Fe­bru­ary 6.

A big-ticket can­di­date that Dou­glas res­i­dents can be sure will be on the list is the Flagstaff Hill walk­ing trail in Port Dou­glas.

“Im­prov­ing our tourism in­fras­truc­ture in terms of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment has been a key pri­or­ity for us, and that’s one rea­son why we em­barked on the Flagstaff Hill walk­ing trail,” Mayor Leu told the

With con­sul­ta­tion and meet­ings done, plan­ning and de­sign com­pleted, and the trail slated to be funded in stages - it ticks boxes for el­i­gi­bil­ity.

The whole project was es­ti­mated to cost about $650,000, with $150,000 al­ready spent leav­ing plenty of money left in the $1.9 mil­lion if it’s ap­proved.

Flagstaff Hill isn’t the only item that will be con­sid­ered though – the grant can en­com­pass walk­way up­grades, kerb and chan­nel works, roads, car parks, sewer, wa­ter and stormwa­ter sys­tems, shade struc­tures, play­grounds, com­mu­nity and sports fa­cil­i­ties, halls and more - so the pos­si­bil­i­ties are (al­most) end­less.

“They are things that would have pos­si­bly been in fu­ture bud­gets that we can bring for­ward. That means we are ac­tu­ally fast track­ing im­prove­ments to our pub­lic in­fras­truc­ture.”

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity, and I’m cer­tainly not go­ing to look a gift horse in the mouth. Its up to us to make the best of what is I think a fan­tas­tic new year op­por­tu­nity for us.

“Be­cause of the tight dead­lines I want to make sure that the coun­cil pro­vides a list that is el­i­gi­ble be­cause we cer­tainly don’t want to miss out of any of this $1.99 mil­lion.”

Mayor Leu said the coun­cil was aim­ing to spread the fund­ing through­out the shire.

El­i­gi­ble pro­jects need to be able to de­liv­ered by Novem­ber 30 2017, and can­not al­ready be bud­geted for in the 2016-17 bud­get.

Picture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Bowls club pres­i­dent Kaye McDon­ald and RSL pres­i­dent Ron Sav­age

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