Cash splash in Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SHIRE Scott Tib­balls

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.

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