Lo­cal jobs in pipe­line thanks to $13mil reser­voir

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

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.

GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Fed­eral MP Warren Entsch, Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu and Dar­ren Cle­land (Depart­ment of State De­vel­op­ment)Picture:

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