Council to prepare waste collection report for Daintree
Council will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the feasibility of providing a Council waste collection service north of the Daintree River.
The assessment for residential and commercial waste collection will involve consultation with the community north of the Daintree River.
The assessment and costing will be completed in time for Council to make a decision on whether to implement the collection service and if so, what charging regime to enforce, from July 1 2015.
Council sponsors Taste Port Douglas 2015
Douglas Shire Council will be a major sponsor of the Taste Port Douglas 2015 foodie event.
Taste Port Douglas was launched in 2013 and will be expanded into a three-day event next year to be held in Rex Smeal Park.
The event promotes Port Douglas as a “food trail” destination and features celebrity chef presentations, master classes and producer and restaurant food stalls.
Council is providing up to $5000 in-kind support by waiving hire fees for Rex Smeal Park and will be recognised as a major sponsor of the event.
Finances remain well on track
Council’s financial report for the period ending 30 November 2014 shows total operating revenue was ahead of budget while operating expenditure was under budget.
This has resulted in an operating surplus of $3.04 million compared to a budgeted deficit of $640,000, although this result is subject to a number of variables.
The full financial report is available on Council’s website.
Mossman Gorge reconfigurement approved
Council has approved an application to reconfigure one lot into 19 lots and road at Mossman Gorge community.
The creation of lots and road effectively transfers civil infrastructure into Council assets.
Condition of the approval ensures the existing civil infrastructure including roads, water and sewer services are upgraded to a suitable standard, including the sewerage pump station, water metering to all new lots and compliant pipe networks and road design and construction.
Council’s conditional approval is the next stage in the transition of the Mossman Gorge community from being State Government ownership to Traditional Owners to self manage and own the community land.
Queensland Audit Office gives tick of approval
The Queensland Audit Office has found no unresolved high risk issues after a thorough assessment of Council’s financial statements.
Council is well progressed on remediating several moderate or low risk issues identified by the QAO which will be rectified by the end of the financial year. The report it available on Council’s website.
Council adopts Procurement Policy
Council has adopted a Procurement Policy for 2015.
The new Procurement Policy will be apply to the acquisition of goods and services and adherence to “sound contracting principals”.
The policy ensures Council receives value for money, advances Council’s economic, social and environmental strategies and provides reasonable opportunity for competitive local businesses.
Preliminary approval given to sports shed
Council has given preliminary approval for the Crocs AFL Football Club to erect a storage shed adjacent to the Port Douglas Sports Complex
The club received a grant to build the shed so it can permanently store training equipment.
Council approves Murphy St Material Change of Use
Council has approved a Material Change of Use for 1 Murphy St with a number of conditions.
The land previously support a house which has since been removed and an application has been made for a new house which utilises the existing driveway access and building pad.
The use of this driveway on a Council road was approved on the condition it is supported by a geotechnically engineered retaining wall.
Conditions were also imposed relating to the building bulk, height and colour finishes.