Parks pol­icy mooted

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

PEO­PLE of the Dou­glas Shire could soon have some say in fu­ture uses of the com­mu­nity’s sport, recre­ation and nat­u­ral ar­eas with a new Open Spa­ces strat­egy.

At the last coun­cil meet­ing, coun­cil de­cided to hire a con­sul­tant to help de­velop the strat­egy.

“Our pub­lic open spa­ces pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to our com­mu­ni­ties and give a real sense of place to our re­gion,” Mayor Leu said.

“What uses are en­cour­aged or not per­mit­ted in cer­tain lo­ca­tions and where we lo­cate our pub­lic spa­ces in the fu­ture need to be de­ter­mined.”

Coun­cil­lor Abi­gail Noli is also very pas­sion­ate about this strat­egy and en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to get in­volved.

“I want peo­ple to take this op­por­tu­nity to get their point across about what they want the Shire to look like,” Cr Noli said.

“It’s go­ing to be a re­ally in­ter­est­ing strat­egy to work on and go for­ward with,” she said.

Mean­while, DSC is im­pressed with the re­sults of the steam weed­ing trial in its open spa­ces.

Coun­cil has de­cided to en­gage a con­trac­tor to pro­vide the ser­vice, which is well suited for use around play­grounds and kerbs and chan­nels be­cause it min­imises the use of her­bi­cides.

Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil is the first lo­cal govern­ment in Far North Queens­land to trial this tech­nol­ogy and one of only a hand­ful of coun­cils in re­gional Aus­tralia.

Coun­cil con­ducted a three­month trial to es­tab­lish if it was an ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient weed con­trol method.

The trial in­cluded up to four treat­ments of 14 dif­fer­ent ar­eas in­clud­ing play­grounds (Moss­man), kerb and chan­nel (Moss­man), ri­par­ian creek bank restora­tion (Miallo), foot­paths (Port Dou­glas) and road­side (Whyan­beel).

Con­trac­tors were ini­tially en­gaged to un­der­take the trial, with three fol­low-up treat­ments con­ducted by Coun­cil staff.

Over­all, the greater the fre­quency of the treat­ment the bet­ter the re­sult.

The ef­fects of the steam weeder can be seen very quickly and it can be used in any weather.

It was very ef­fec­tive in killing small weeds such as Sin­ga­pore daisy with taller and larger weeds re­quir­ing brush­cut­ting prior to treat­ment.


A demon­stra­tion of steam weed­ing at Miallo state School

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