‘The fence has to go’
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.”
The fence on Port Douglas Rd bordering the old “Havana” site