Green light for ‘high end’ park

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

CAR­A­VANS and camper trail­ers will flock to Port Dou­glas to en­joy a new “high end” car­a­van park ap­proved by coun­cil at the re­cent meet­ing.

The park at Lot 45, Cap­tain Cook High­way, Port Dou­glas (just north of Crees Creek) aims to cater to the new age long haul trav­eller with fully sus­tain­able and eco­log­i­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion, with plans to make it off the power grid.

Joseph Corbin, a land­scape ar­chi­tect from LA3, which is work­ing on the Moss­man Botanic Gar­dens, said al­though the de­vel­op­ment was ap­proved there’s a long way to go for it to be built.

“We have to deal with flood­ing is­sues, croc­o­dile man­age­ment as the site backs onto a creek and den­sity is­sues re­gard­ing the amount of camp­sites,” Mr Corbin said.

“There is also a large amount of costs and in­fra­struc­ture charges, for sew­er­age and road­works. With this ap­proval we have one big step done.”

The park is planned to be a mix of tent camp­ing, pow­ered sites, un­pow­ered sites and cab­ins.

A re­sort style pool, gam­ing ar­eas and mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties are key fea­tures, in keep­ing with per­cep­tions as to what con­tem­po­rary trav­ellers want.

The park will also fea­ture a lake and en­vi­ron­men­tal ar­eas.

At this stage there is no set date for the con­struc­tion.

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