Mowbray fishing spot put on hold
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.