Douglas Shire Council will consult with the community this month on options for the Port Douglas highway intersection roundabout.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has granted $100,000 to landscape the roundabout with stringent conditions attached. The conditions include:
- Plantings on the roundabout itself must require minimal maintenance intervention, typically no more than twice a year
- There shall be no irrigation supply to the roundabout
- The landscape design shall not include any species exceeding 50mm in diameter in the life of the plant
- The landscape design shall not include any lighting or messaging
- During installation and subsequent maintenance to the landscaping, temporary road closures of no more than five minutes in a two-hour period are permitted to allow equipment to access the roundabout
Mayor Julia Leu said Council will initially consult with local landscaping companies and key stakeholders before seeking the input of the wider community.
“The intersection roundabout is a great opportunity to welcome visitors to the Douglas Shire and it is important we get it right,” Mayor Leu said.
“The Queensland Government has applied stringent guidelines to the funding but Council is confident we can work in consultation with the community to make a statement that is fitting for our beautiful Shire.”
Council will arrange a meeting with local landscapers and key stakeholders later this month before seeking feedback from the community on the preferred options.