Cash splash in Douglas
THE Queensland State Government’s election year cash splash made eyes light up at the Douglas Shire Council, with 12 projects now greenlit to proceed thanks to the cool $2 million shovelled our way.
The piece de resistance, the Flagstaff Hill Walking Track was singled out a few weeks ago by Mayor Julia Leu as a major project, and as it turns out dreams do come true.
The $550,000 allocated will allow the council to complete the entire project this year instead of budgeting money where it could spare it over time.
Many of the projects benefit tourism.
“The completion of the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail, the improvements to tourism infrastructure in the Daintree and the upgrade of Teamster’s Park to accommodate RVs in particular further support our local tourism industry and create further economic development opportunities for our Shire.”
There’s plenty for locals though, with investment in vital infrastructure across the shire.
A decent chunk of funding has been allocated to projects north of the Daintree - operators that rely on tourists filing past the sad old portable toilets next to the ferry will be happy to know $120,000 has been allocated to fix them.
“Council had a short period of time to put together our funding submission and I’m delighted the State Government has recognised the benefits of investing in these assets,” Mayor Leu said.
“We’re very much looking forward to now getting on with the job of delivering these new projects for our communities, on top of our record capital works program.”
As per the criteria for assessed projects, each of the 12 projects are to be completed by November this year.