Mow­bray fish­ing spot put on hold

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL’S moves to build a new fish­ing plat­form out of the old bridge at Mow­bray River have hit a nasty snag.

The lat­est word from Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil is that feed­back from the Depart­ment of Main Roads and Trans­port on any pos­si­ble up­grade of the rem­nants of the bridge will re­quire new feeder lanes off the high­way and into the ser­vice road, at a cost of around $300,000.

“This adds sig­nif­i­cantly to the cost of the orig­i­nal project which had a bud­get of $100,000,” coun­cil’s Man­ager In­fra­struc­ture Michael Kriede­mann told the Gazette.

Coun­cil com­pleted com­mu­nity en­gage­ment in Fe­bru­ary 2017 re­gard­ing the fu­ture plans of the fish­ing plat­form. Ten sub­mis­sions were re­ceived and the ma­jor­ity of these were in favour of a new fish­ing plat­form.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers will dis­cuss with DTMR the mer­its of re­quest­ing the road up­grade and try to re­duce this im­pact on the project. In the in­terim, Coun­cil has not com­mit­ted to un­der­take the project un­til this is­sue is re­solved,” Mr Kriede­mann said.

Be­fore it was de­clared un­safe by en­gi­neers, the old bridge had been a pop­u­lar fish­ing and croc watching plat­form.

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