Future of fishing secured by council
PORT Douglas will continue to be known as a fishing village following a Douglas Shire Council decision to issue a permit for the Port Douglas Commercial Fishermen’s Association to occupy land near The Reef Marina.
The association will use the land for storage required for trawler and fishing operations, amenities, parking and the out-of-season storage of dories for the next three years for a nominal annual fee of $150.
The council has also resolved to push through the approvals required for the construction of a trawler berthing facility and onshore infrastructure by The Reef Marina at its cost.
The council has agreed to pay for the access through Lot 96 and any civil works required to bring the portion of the lot to appropriate standards.
Before the three-year term expires the council will consult with the association to determine whether a further noncommercial tenure period is required or if a longer lease and change in purposes is required to pave the way for a commercial “fishermen’s wharf” on the site.
Mayor Julia Leu said it was a landmark decision and the commitment of the council, the association and The Reef Marina to resolve a long-running tenure issue.
She said she was pleased the council had reached agreement with the association and the marina “to ensure this historic link is retained”.
“For as long as anyone can remember and decades before tourism arrived in the Douglas Shire, Port Douglas was renowned as a fishing village.
“Port Douglas was built on the blood and sweat of commercial fishermen. They have contributed so much, not just to our local economy, but our community spirit and I’m extremely proud we’ve been able to facilitate this outcome.”
Marina co-owner Andrew Hooper-Nguyen said the agreement was another hurdle cleared for the next stage of the town’s waterfront renewal project.
“The Reef Marina has been working with the commercial fishermen and the council for more than two years so we are very pleased to have concluded the negotiations,” he said.
The council will enter into a deed of agreement with the marina to enable the developer to further progress its $85 million redevelopment approved by the council last month. WORKPLACE authorities are investigating after a man sustained serious leg injuries at a construction site near Port Douglas.
The man, aged in his 40s, is believed to have been moving pool glass panels at the Craiglie site about 11.40am on Thursday when his leg became trapped causing a fracture and blood loss.
He was initially taken to Mossman Hospital before being transferred to Cairns Hospital.
A WHS spokesman said work had been stopped at the site after the incident and it was being investigated.
David Neller of Wonga Beach has been selected to play in the Peninsula team at the rugby league 11-12 years age group state championships in June.