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In 2016, Council undertook a water demand analysis and source options assessment for the Mossman – Port Douglas catchment, which considered various population growth scenarios and demand management strategies.  The conclusion was that an alternative source of raw water was required to deal with the increased demand.

A preferred site was identified on the Mossman River, adjacent to the Council-owned Drumsara site.  A detailed design for the Mossman River intake has been concluded.

Cost of Project

Feasibility investigation and detailed design: $250,000
Planning, consultation and permits: $100,000
Construction: $8 million (estimated)

Project Updates

The detailed design of the Mossman River intake was completed in 2020.  The design includes an infiltration gallery for the collection of raw water.  A pump station then transfers water from the gallery to storage tanks, from where the raw water is transferred to the Mossman water treatment plant.

Council is currently in discussions with Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (DRDMW) to obtain a water entitlement from the unallocated strategic reserve within the Mossman River catchment.  The outcome of this process may require modifications to the detailed design, the setting of extraction limits and/or other environmental requirements given the in-stream location of the infiltration gallery.

Once all of the approvals have been obtained, Council will rely significantly on the support of the State and Federal Governments for the necessary funding to complete the project on time.

Rex Creek Intake
Rex Creek Intake
Rex Creek Intake


For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Council on 07 4099 9444 or email

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