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Urgent heritage works at one of Mossman’s most iconic buildings is the first in a series of projects to be completed under Council’s program of capital works across the Shire.

The former National Bank of Australasia at 11 Mill Street is home to the Douglas Arts Base (DAB), a not-for-profit community arts centre run by volunteers and a focal point of the community.

Former National Bank of Australasia at 11 Mill Street , Mossman

It’s not the only Heritage Building to get some love under the 2019-2020 capital works program, the Sugar Wharf in Port Douglas will receive approximately $160,000 of upgrades while $5.6 million is being invested in essential infrastructure such as roads, bridges and drains, $1.97 million to improve water security and $933,000 towards sewerage services.

The list of completed projects was released today as Council introduced its latest capital works progress report at the Ordinary Meeting in Mossman.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu commended council on a productive quarter and highlighted the expert knowledge it takes to ensure such a substantial capital works program progresses as planned.

“Council is moving quickly to get the job done with major civil works projects well underway and a total of 24% of projects either completed or under contract,” she said.

“It’s particularly exciting to see Disaster Management works like automatic rain gauges at Upper Daintree and Bloomfield while a river level gauge and two flood cameras is planned for the Daintree Ferry area.

“$15.34 million will be delivered across more than a hundred projects over the next twelve months ensuring Council’s assets service the needs of the communities within Douglas,” she said.

“Soon residents in Port Douglas and Mossman will start to see upgrades in public spaces while vital investment in our water and waste water treatment facilities is happening behind the scenes,” she said.

“Council is committed to designing and delivering infrastructure, strategies and services that support the local economy and businesses.”

Douglas Shire Council’s Capital Works Progress Report for the first quarter July to September, 2019 is available for viewing on Council’s website, here.

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