Parks policy mooted
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