Mayor elected to regional roads group
Mayor Julia Leu has been nominated to represent Douglas Shire Council as a member of the Far North Queensland Roads and Transport Alliance Group.
The Roads and Transport Alliance is a cooperative arrangement between the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Local Government Association of Queensland and local governments to jointly invest in and manage the state’s transport infrastructure at a regional level.
RRTGs determine the road and transport infrastructure projects which their Transport Infrastructure Scheme funding is allocated to, under a regionally prioritises four-year works program.
The Far North RRTG will meet every eight weeks.
Development applications update
Douglas Shire Council has provided a status update on the 55 development applications it is processing.
The update is available to the public on Douglas Shire Council’s website. To view the update, simply click on the link for the April 29 Ordinary Council Meeting and look it up on the Agenda, Item 2.
Application for extension to reconfigure a lot refused
Douglas Shire Council has refused a request to extend the period of approval for Reconfiguring a Lot to convert one lot into 10 lots and balance parcel at Rocky Point.
The development application – for Lot 11 Mossman-Daintree Rd, Rocky Point – was originally lodged with Council on April 10, 2006, and approved with conditions by Cairns Regional Council in April 2010 under the 1996 Douglas Shire Planning Scheme.
At yesterday’s Ordinary Council Meeting, Council refused the request to extend the relevant period of the approval for Reconfiguring a Lot on the grounds the approved development is inconsistent with current laws and policies applying to the development including the 2008 Douglas Shire Planning Scheme and the Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031. An increase in the level of assessment from Code Assessable to Impact Assessable development was also cited.
The Development Permit over Stages 1 and 2 remains current until 27 September 2015, and the Preliminary Approval for Stage 3 lapsed 14 April 2014.
Ocean Breeze application approved with conditions
Douglas Shire Council has approved a request to change a development approval for Stage 3 of Ocean Breeze Estate at Cooya Beach, subject to conditions.
The request relates to the Operational Works approval issued for Stage 3 of Ocean Breeze Estate, located adjacent to the intersection of Bonnie Doon Rd and Melaleuca Drive, Cooya Beach.
It sought to amend the staging of the development to enable Stage 3 to be developed in three sub-stages, while the request to extend the approval seeks an additional two years to undertake the works and have a survey plan lodged with Council for endorsement.
Council included conditions in its approval to mitigate drainage concerns.
Community Support Program adopted
Douglas Shire Council has adopted a comprehensive Community Support Program and policy.
The Community Support Program provides financial and in-kind assistance to not-for-profit organisations to develop programs, projects or activities that encourage community involvement, celebrate the Shire’s history, heritage and cultural diversity and provide economic and community benefits.
The program guidelines are available on Council’s website and the funding round will open in the coming weeks.
Regional Arts Development Fund support
Up to $20,000 available through the Regional Arts Development Fund next financial year.
Douglas Shire Council this week endorsed a Council contribution of $6000, with the State Government expected to contribute a further $14,000.
Events policy and strategy adopted
Douglas Shire Council has adopted an events policy and strategy which provides a framework for the next five years.
Aims of the events policy and strategy include stimulating community and economic development, encouraging community involvement and ownership of events contributing to the culture of the Douglas Shire.
The events strategy is available on Council’s website and the first round of events funding will open in the coming weeks.
Risk management policy adopted
Douglas Shire Council has adopted an Enterprise Risk Management Policy.
Objectives of the policy include maintaining and improving reliability and quality of service provided by Council, minimising or eliminating adverse impacts from Council’s services or infrastructure on the community, visitors and the environment and promoting risk management principles as a strategic tool to ensure better informed decision-making through Council.
Operational plan quarterly update
Douglas Shire Council has released a quarterly update on its Operational Plan.
The Operational Plan is a statement of actions to be undertaken and services to be provided to achieve the goals and objectives of Council.
It details both recurring activities and major initiatives to be undertaken up to June 30, 2014. A copy of the Operational Plan can be viewed on Council’s website.