‘The fence has to go’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols CON­TIN­UED PAGE 4

THE own­ers of the for­mer Havana re­sort site on Port Dou­glas Road are un­der an obli­ga­tion to re­move the old green fence and re­place with a much bet­ter and safer struc­ture. Oak­stand Fund No 7, a large prop­erty de­vel­oper based in Syd­ney, had ap­plied to Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil for ex­ten­sion of time for its pre­vi­ous ap­provals to stay cur­rent.

That ma­te­rial change of use ap­pli­ca­tion, which was con­sid­ered by coun­cil at its meet­ing this week, sought four more years.

In­ter­est­ingly, Oak­stand, to sup­port this re­quest, af­firmed it wanted to ahead and de­velop the re­sort.

This is de­spite it be­ing listed for sale sev­eral years ago.

Coun­cil granted the ex­tended term and in dis­cus­sion of the mat­ter it was re­vealed that DSC had been in touch with the own­ers over the state of the green fence, which had been in dis­re­pair for some time and was still a prob­lem de­spite at­tempts by street artists to do some­thing to al­le­vi­ate its ap­pear­ance.

“We have had nu­mer­ous complaints and that the un­fin­ished mu­ral is an eye­sore, par­tic­u­larly at that lo­ca­tion,” Mayor Ju­lia Leu later told the Gazette. “It is now at­tract­ing graf­fiti ‘tag­ging’ on the un­fin­ished sec­tion. No work has been done on the fence for some months and it is clear

that the orig­i­nal con­cept has not been re­alised.”

Cr Leu said coun­cil had writ­ten to the devel­op­ment com­pany re­quir­ing them to “ur­gently re­move the fence and build a re­place­ment fence.

“The fence is rot­ting in some sec­tions and could pose a haz­ard to the Bally Hoo­ley train and foot­path, and dur­ing high wind weather events. They have ad­vised that they un­der­stand the mat­ter is ur­gent and are in the process of get­ting quotes,” Cr Leu said.

“Coun­cil will also some plant trees in front of the re­placed fence to im­prove the vis­ual amenity.”

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

The fence on Port Dou­glas Rd bor­der­ing the old “Havana” site

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