Council funds Carnivale with three-year agreement
Douglas Shire Council has entered into a Resource and Performance Agreement (RPA) with the Douglas Chamber of Commerce (DCC) to deliver Carnivale for the next three years.
The RPA outlines Council’s commitment to provide $50,000 in cash and $15,000 in-kind support per annum for the next three years on the proviso of Carnivale organisers meeting agreed Key Performance Indicators.
The 10-day festival is held annually in May and showcases the Douglas Shire’s music, arts, cuisine and culture with popular annual events including the Macrossan Street Parade and the Four Mile Family Beach Day.
Christmas close-down period
Council’s close-down period will take place from 25 December 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015.
There will be a skeleton staff roster in place, including on-call staff, to handle any emergent issues that may arise.
Council approves bank restoration application
Council has approved a Development Application for bank restoration at McDowall Lane on the banks of the Daintree River.
The DA, made by the River Improvement Trust (RIT), relates to rock revetment work to a 100m section of the bank of the Daintree River at Lower Daintree.
The damage was caused by Cyclone Grace in 2004 and the severe flooding that followed which led to a loss of vegetation from the bank.
The former Douglas Shire Council carried out the major road embankment restoration works that included rock stabilisation of the river bank below the road stretching over 80m which remains stable with vegetation growth.
However there is worsening erosion at both ends of the repaired section and rock revetment work is urgently required to retain the bank and maintain the adjacent road.
Council objects to Mossman Gorge road closure
Council will advise the Department of Natural Resources and Mines that it objects to the application for road closure on a part of Mossman Gorge Rd.
The road closure proposal would reduce the width of the road reserve by approximately 75 per cent – from approximately 40m to 10m – and would adversely impact on Council’s ability to manage its road and critical water infrastructure in the vicinity.
Preliminary approval given to football club to erect shed
Council has resolved to give preliminary approval of the application from the Port Douglas Crocs Football Club to erect a shed at the rear of the Port Douglas Sports Complex.
The primary use of the proposed shed is for the storage of players’ equipment and for the washing of players’ garments.