Mow­bray fish­ing spot a chance

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FISHOS take heart – Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil hasn’t given up on a new fish­ing plat­form at the site of the old bridge over the Mow­bray River.

Fol­low­ing com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion in March, Coun­cil de­cided to rebuild the fish­ing plat­form that would meet mainly lo­cal needs.

Coun­cil set aside $100,000 for the project in the 2016-17 bud­get.

But then the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads said there needed to be sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars worth of road­works to cre­ate a turnoff from the high­way – which in­stantly put it beyond coun­cil’s bud­get.

Coun­cil still hopes to find a way. In an­swer to a ques­tion from the Gazette, a coun­cil spokesman said: “Coun­cil is con­tin­u­ing to dis­cuss the project with the De­part­ment to en­sure that all con­sid­er­a­tions are taken into ac­count and the project can pro­ceed in due course if a rea­son­able so­lu­tion can be found for the turn-off road­works.”

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