Re­tire­ment vil­lage, water­front top list

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS DOUGLAS SHIRE BUDGET 2017 -

COUN­CIL will build on the progress of ma­jor projects in­clud­ing rein­vig­o­rat­ing the Port Dou­glas Water­front, re­leas­ing Stage 2 of the Moss­man nurs­ing home site for a re­tire­ment vil­lage and im­prov­ing the re­silience of our com­mu­ni­ties to adapt to cli­mate change over the next 12 months.

The 2017/18 Op­er­a­tional Plan de­tails the pri­or­ity projects for Coun­cil over the next 12 months.

Stage 2 of the Moss­man nurs­ing home site will be placed on the mar­ket for sale and devel­op­ment. Stages 3 and 4 of a Coastal Hazard Adap­ta­tion Strat­egy for the Dou­glas Shire will be com­pleted.

Among new ini­tia­tives is an eco­nomic devel­op­ment task­force as rec­om­mended in the Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Strat­egy.

“We’re also look­ing to in­stall new wel­come sig­nage at Port Dou­glas, Moss­man and Dain­tree Vil­lage and im­prove ac­cess to RV park­ing and black water dump spots to pro­mote the Dou­glas Shire as an RVfriendly des­ti­na­tion,” Mayor Leu said.

“Coun­cil is aim­ing to iden­tify a suit­able lo­ca­tion to es­tab­lish a Sis­ter City re­la­tion­ship . . . and has al­lo­cated $790,000 to in­crease fund­ing [shared between] Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree and other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als through our grants pro­gram.”

Other projects iden­ti­fied in the Op­er­a­tional Plan in­clude es­tab­lish­ing a multi-agency task­force to ad­dress aban­doned ves­sels lit­ter­ing Dick­son’s In­let, im­ple­ment­ing an il­le­gal camp­ing ac­tion plan and il­le­gal dump­ing strat­egy and con­duct­ing a waste au­dit.

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