Douglas Shire Council today made a snappy decision to enable the Outriggers Canoe Club to relocate away from large crocodiles lurking near its present boat launch site.
The Outriggers wrote to Council three weeks ago seeking to forgo their present lease at the entrance to the Port Douglas Yacht Club in preference for another state-owned site on the Four Mile Beach foreshore.
“Currently we have to launch all our craft at the Yacht Club ramp where we have the constant battle of launching in croc-infested waters,” Outriggers secretary Danielle Bellero wrote to Council. They are becoming more and more frequent up and down the inlet where we launch.
“At present we have to currently paddle 1km up the inlet to get to the mouth of the inlet to where we start paddling in the open water.
“We have had quite a few locals who come up to us and tell us that they would love to join our club but they will not do so because of where we launch our canoes – they will not go near the inlet because of the crocs. This has been a very frustrating problem indeed for our sport’s growth in our Shire.”
At this morning’s Ordinary Meeting, Douglas Shire Council voted unanimously to approve the club’s relocation to its preferred site on Solander Boulevard adjacent to the sailing club on the Four Mile Beach foreshore, the Outriggers’ preferred site.
Mayor Julia Leu paid tribute to the swift actions of Council to locate an appropriate site and approve the new lease.
“The Outriggers have been trying to relocate from its present site for safety reasons for more than three years,” Mayor Leu said. “I’m really pleased our new Council has been able to achieve this less than three weeks from when the request was sent.”
* Photo courtesy of Tourism Port Douglas Daintree