A so­lar farm for Kil­laloe

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL will in­ves­ti­gate the fea­si­bil­ity of a so­lar farm at the Kil­laloe Land­fill site. The com­mit­ment is listed in Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil’s 2018/19 Oper­a­tional Plan an­nounced at to­day’s Spe­cial Bud­get Meet­ing in Moss­man.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said this was one of many ini­tia­tives de­signed to boost the re­gion’s en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance.

Other en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives in­clude a waste and re­cy­cling ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram at schools; de­velop a project plan for achiev­ing Re­gional Eco Des­ti­na­tion Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and a Co­conut Ac­tion Plan.

Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil pre­vi­ously com­mit­ted to six key ac­tions to re­duce im­pacts on South­ern Cas­sowary pop­u­la­tions in the Dain­tree Rain­for­est. Coun­cil will un­der­take a pre-fea­si­bil­ity study for a Cas­sowary Re­search, Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Breed­ing Cen­tre.

“Coun­cil is firmly ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing our cas­sowaries and we have com­mit­ted to see­ing if this fa­cil­ity would be vi­able,” she said.

“The Far North has two cas­sowary fa­cil­i­ties and I think it is time we at least look at the fea­si­bil­ity of build­ing one in the Dain­tree Rain­for­est.”

The ex­ten­sive list of Coun­cil ini­tia­tives also fea­tures eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strate­gies, en­gage­ment and com­mit­ments to im­prov­ing com­mu­nity well-be­ing. The full 2018-19 Oper­a­tional Plan is avail­able on Coun­cil’s web­site.

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