DSC mulls wishlist
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.
Bowls club president Kaye McDonald and RSL president Ron Savage