PORT Douglas has received a handful of big-ticket items in the 2019-20 Annual Budget aimed at reinvigorating streetscapes and upgrading key public spaces.
A $200,000 investment in Macrossan Street kicks off a five-year plan to improve the popular retail and dining precinct.
Works will include installing island garden beds at the Owen St intersection, laying artwork tiles to inject a rhythm of colour, rejuvenating existing garden beds with tropical species, installing vibrant up lighting and renewing of street furniture.
Reef and rainforest-themed planters with built in seating will also be included.
Council will spend a further $250,000 on fixing drainage issues and a new footpath along the northern end of Warner Street.
A further $500,000 will be spent on the Davidson footpath and cycleway from Wharf Street to the Sheraton Mirage roundabout.
Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu said the budget featured a collection of projects that will give the town a huge lift for the next 12 months.
“Council recognises that Port Douglas is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest and a popular starting point for visitors to Douglas Shire,” she said.
“Our crews will make improvements to Macrossan Street that ooze tropical character.
“We are investing in projects that locals want, visitors appreciate and fixing key issues that have been raised with us.
”We are also following on our promise to find a suitable location for a new dog park and develop a water park options report for the town.”
Council will bring together all Port Douglas masterplans into one all-encompassing blueprint to ensure the town continues to be steered in the right direction.
Funding was allocated for a $1.5 million road renewal on Murphy St.
Council will spend $260,000 on fixing drainage issues on Atoll Close and Ribbon Avenue.
“Another exciting project is the Port Douglas Sugar Wharf upgrades that will see fans installed, new track lighting and new toilets at the popular wedding venue,” Mayor Leu said.
PORT DOUGLAS HIGHLIGHTS
$1.5M – Murphy Street road renewal
$200,000 – Macrossan St Improvements
$250,000 – Warner St upgrades
$160,000 –Sugar Wharf upgrades
$130,000 – Port Douglas Community Hall upgrades
$150,000 – Atoll Close drainage upgrade
$145,000 – New dog park
$110,000 – Ribbon Avenue drainage upgrades
$100,000 – Water park options report
$50,000 – Port Douglas Sports Complex Masterplan
$30,000 – Port Douglas CBD Blueprint
$20,000 – Dixies Shed flooring and deckButton Text