The rocks: ‘We will not pay,’ says Leu

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

MAYOR Julia Leu has re­it­er­ated that Dou­glas Shire Council is not re­spon­si­ble for the bal­anc­ing rocks is­sue on the Cap­tain Cook High­way.

The stacked rocks have be­come an un­of­fi­cial tourist at­trac­tion in the last 18 months.

The pop­u­lar­ity of the site means there have been many near misses along the busy high­way.

The mayor pointed out the shire isn’t re­spon­si­ble to “pay for any safety im­prove­ments and it never has been for that en­tire stretch of road”, tough she is happy to sit down and dis­cuss a so­lu­tion.

The mayor also crit­i­cised the pro­mo­tion of the bal­anc­ing rocks through a State Gov­ern­ment pro­gram, which brought even more at­ten­tion to the “at­trac­tion”.

“I am cer­tainly re­ally sur­prised about the state gov­ern­ment funded pro­mo­tional cam­paign given there were al­ready safety is­sues that were ap­par­ent,” Mayor Leu said.

“There are more and more peo­ple look­ing for the site and stop­ping where they can but the is­sue is there is no car park.

“I am very happy to work with the State in terms of what we can do but the State will have to fund it be­cause it is their re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“I think we do need to make it safer but it’s very lim­ited, even if it was an area a lit­tle north or south peo­ple would have to get out of their cars and walk and that would be even more dan­ger­ous.

“I think that we do have to come up with a so­lu­tion, cer­tainly “no stand­ing” signs, more wayfind­ing signs in the lead up to the rocks both north and south,” Mayor Leu said.

“An­other prob­lem is peo­ple cross­ing the dou­ble lines, which is il­le­gal and cre­ates a po­ten­tial haz­ard.”

Cars parked along Cap­tain Cook High­way to check out the bal­anc­ing rocks site

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