Local jobs in pipeline thanks to $13mil reservoir
AT least 40 jobs for locals will be created by the $13.5 million Port Douglas Reservoir Project, a jointly funded venture from all levels of government.
Project managers will soon advertise for truck drivers and labourers to work on the project, which is starting now and is expected to run until December.
The 20 megalitre reservoir, at the top of Crees Rd, Craiglie, is being built by Cairns based, Koppens Developments.
Water supply and security has been a significant issue in the Shire and a solution was council’s top priority.
The project doubles the current storage capacity and provides necessary infrastructure for sustainable growth in Port Douglas and Craiglie.
The project will also give the town’s major businesses, such as the Sheraton Mirage, confidence to upgrade and expand. The current water reservoir is impractical and is a significant cost to ratepayers due to operational expenses.
A need for water restrictions is expected to be reduced, with this new project as well as increased disaster resilience in the event of a power loss.
Federal MP Warren Entsch, Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu and Darren Cleland (Department of State Development)Picture: