DOUGLAS Shire Council has stepped up plans to build a splash park and public pool in Port Douglas, tipping $465,000 into developing concepts, designs, and a masterplan at today’s 2020/21 Annual Budget Review.

A recent online survey completed by more than 600 people revealed about 87% of respondents believed the tourist town needs a splash park, while 68% supported building a public pool.

Multiple ideas such as a café, mini golf and entertainment precinct near the site were also suggested by survey respondents to form part of the brief for the options report.

Once complete, the concepts and design options will be put back out to community consultation for further feedback.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said Council was acting on a clear mandate from the community to progress the project.

“Our recent survey confirmed the findings from previous consultation that there is widespread support for investment in a safe swimming option and water play area in Port Douglas,” he said.

“The next step is to pull together some really exciting concepts and designs that reflect the desires of the community, before asking for further feedback on the project.”

“I continue to seek a meeting with Cook MP Cynthia Lui to discuss the community survey results and her Government’s $1.5 million election commitment. I look forward to sitting down with her and discussing how the Douglas Shire Council and community can work with her to deliver this exciting project.”

To stay updated, please visit the project page on Council’s website.

Budget Review sees more capital spending   

The pool and splash park funding was part of $3.323m worth of projects added to the capital works program due to Council resolutions or successful grant funding.

Highlights include:

  • $62,000 – Disaster Coordination Centre Feasibility and Design
  • $80,000 – Marlin Drive Speed Cushions
  • $120,000 – Wonga Beach Caravan Park grey water system
  • $126,469 – Digger’s Park
  • $175,000 – Flood warning systems at CREB Track, McDowall Range and Stewart Creek Valley, Mossman Treatment Plant and Rex Creek Intake.
  • $860,400 – Safe Places Emergency Accommodation

The 2020/21 Budget Review documents also indicates Council is tracking slightly better on its operating position.