Retirement village, waterfront top list
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.