Posted On 19 Nov 2014
Highlights of what Council has achieved in the past month:
- Provided sponsorship and support for the 20th anniversary of the Crocodile Trophy mountain bike stage race finish along Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas. Media coverage of the event was seen around the world with daily segments on European television.
- Provided sponsorship and support to the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival which attracted approximately 1300 participants.
- Organised five Get Ready Douglas disaster preparedness community forums and launched an Extreme Weather photo exhibition.
- Called for artists to run workshops aimed at graffiti prevention at local skateparks.
- Reviewed interpretive signage for the Daintree Gateway project and called for Yalanji artists to get involved in project.
- Received an unqualified audit from the Queensland Audit Office.
- Evaluated potential leaseholders for Tropic Breeze Caravan Park and appointed new caretakers for Wonga Beach Caravan Park.
- Obtained quotations for Reynolds Room (Council chambers) audio upgrade, which includes projector, screen and a wireless microphone system. Upgrade is due for completion before Christmas.
- In October, 7570 people visited the Mossman and/or Port Douglas libraries borrowing 7664 items. This included 55 new members.
ORGANISATIONAL BUSINESS SUPPORT UNIT
- The Douglas Card initiative commenced on 1 November with approximately 350 cards issued to date to residents of Cook Shire, Mareeba Shire, Tablelands, Cairns and Cassowary Regional Councils. The Douglas Card enables free travel on the Daintree ferry until February 28.
- A GIS mapping consultant has been appointed to work with town planning consultant to prepare a suite of draft zoning and other planning scheme maps. New Draft Planning Scheme due by 30 June 2015.
- Council must prepare a Local Government Infrastructure Plan which will replace the requirement for a Priority Infrastructure Plan. The LGIP process will include review and update of draft PIP to create LGIP; review and update of Council’s infrastructure network planning and schedules of work; financial sustainability assessment; preparation and adoption of new infrastructure charges.
WATER AND WASTEWATER
- Relining of the sewer network in Sorrento Cresent and Seabrook Avenue (Port Douglas) as well as in Pringle St, Alchera Drive and Johnston Rd (Mossman) now completed. Works to continue this month in Solander Boulevard and Wharf St (Port Douglas).
- Significant improvement in water flow across the Rex Creek intake screens since installation of portions of new lining.
- Targeted specific National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements works to ensure completion prior to meaningful rainfall. Leven’s Gully in China Camp and Connolly causeway in Mowbray both been restored, with Connolly causeway being upgraded to a concrete causeway.
- Designs being finalised for Whyanbeel, Mowbray River Rd and Degarra causeway upgrades. Repairs to Warners Bridge completed as a joint arrangement between Council and Mossman Mill.
- Maintenance grading completed south of the Daintree River with the exception of Upper Daintree. Grading now occurring on the China Camp Rd and on the roads north of the Daintree River.
- Tender evaluations completed for restoration of the northern half of the Bloomfield Track under NDRRA process. Construction of the Woobadda Bridge continues to progress with the approaches expected to be completed in late November and the bridge ready to be opened in December 2014.
- Consulting engineering firm GHD has commenced working in the Shire and is currently evaluating road damage and planning restoration delivery packages.
- New generators have been installed at selected pump stations and another is currently being installed at the Depot to further enhance Council’s operational resilience in disaster situations.
- A variety of staff training is being offered to ensure each staff member has a second skill to assist in disaster management.
- A flood study for the Daintree Village area and down to Barratts creek has recently been completed and will be uploaded to the State Government’s online Floodcheck site in mid-December.
PUBLIC AND NATURAL AREAS
- After a three-year wait the playground at Cape Tribulation has been erected and is being used by the local children.
- Staff have spent 665 man hours treating Hiptage in the Mossman Gorge. These works followed on from a recent aerial survey and involved a joint operation between Council, QPWS and Jabalbina.
- Mossman rugby league grounds have been top-dressed and the grass condition on both ovals has improved considerably.
- An engineering report on proposed measures to address the erosion of the foreshore at Newell Beach has been completed.