The latest CEO report tabled at yesterday’s Ordinary General Meeting highlighted a variety of activities and projects Council is undertaking or has recently completed.
The projects and activities include:
Community participation – Involved in organising activities for NAIDOC Week, Seniors Week, the Mossman Show and the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre Family Fun Day; Hosted successful Crocodile Management information session.
Funding – Received funding for the GraffitiSTOP program; Assisted local organisations by hosting a “Get in the Game” funding information workshop; Allocated more than $50,000 in funding to local organisations under the Community Support Program; Update and circulate a grants calendar to assist local organisations identify funding opportunities.
Partnerships – Identifying opportunities for job seekers to participate in a work experience program and implement a community services program; attending economic development planning and networking workshop with Cook, Wujal Wujal and Hopevale Councils; attendance at liquor accord meetings and identifying opportunities to address anti-social behaviour in public places.
Finance – Introducing EFTPOS facilities at the Port Douglas Markets and Daintree Ferry to streamline cash handling processes; First 2014/15 half-yearly rates notices issued – 9285 notices totalling $12.6 million.
Libraries – Membership for the first six months was 6814 with 38,517 public visits, 43,907 loan items (31 per cent adult fiction, 25 per cent DVDs), 2179 computer bookings and 52 library programs with 1589 attendees; Popular displays include the “Jack Dwyer Australian bird egg collection”; computer classes to be reintroduced in September.
Local Laws – Regular early morning checks for illegal camping and working with police to develop joint response where appropriate; dog registration renewals prepared and issued shortly.
Water – Review of Drinking Water Quality Management Plan completed including outline of review on the feasibility of a chlorine-free trial during 2014/15; new capacity for in-house analyses of water samples by Douglas Shire water laboratory; upgrade of Rutherford Road water main with 10 new service connections; a total of 187 water samples taken from the four water supply systems.
Civil Works – Staff have been progressing submissions to Queensland Reconstruction Authority with submissions to date totalling $10,986,656; Submissions for the CREB and China Camp areas will be completed in the next few weeks; Emergent works patching of the Bloomfield Track has recently been completed, including grading of the northern section; Council is waiting to receive the approvals from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority so the appointment of contractors to undertake the cyclone restoration works may commence; Asphalt overlay (reseals) have been completed at Bow Street, Somerset Drive, Whiteley Road and Coulthard Close; The continuation of the asphalting program in late August will include Junction and Bonnie Doon Roads, Snapper Island Drive and Shannonvale Road. Works on Bonnie Doon Road will see the inclusion of a bicycle path approximately one kilometre long on the southern side of this road; Construction of the Woobadda Bridge continues to progress with the two bridge bands (arches) now in place; Repair works have now been completed at Niau Bridge in Upper Daintree and the sand crossing across the Daintree River has been re-installed; The road maintenance grading program is now about half-way through with the crew currently in Whyanbeel Road.
Engineering – Project and design works have commenced on recent successful grant projects relating to the Connolly, Mowbray River Road and Whyanbeel causeways and the Daintree Gateway.
Open Spaces – Quotations for the landscaping works for the landscaping of the intersection (roundabout) of Captain Cook Highway and Port Douglas Road have been requested and submissions close in early September, 2014.
Use of human resources provided through Corrective Services commenced in the past month with two labourers working with the Mossman and Port Douglas garden crews; Beach nourishment is continuing at Newell Beach although some interruptions were experienced due the king tides and wind that was experienced around the recent “supermoon”.
Facilities – The installation of ultra violet light emitters to the library, administration building and Port Douglas Community Hall was completed and solar panels are currently being fitted to the Council Administration Building roof.