A GREEN vibe is growing at the Mossman Nursery with further investment on improving parks, gardens and streetscapes in the Douglas Shire.

A $750,000 spend on renewing parks, improving gardens in Macrossan Street and developing streetscape improvement program for Mossman feature in a beautification package unveiled in today’s Annual Budget.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr and Deputy Mayor Lisa Scomazzon recently visited the Mossman Nursery to check out the lush selection of plants growing for upcoming projects.

Cr Scomazzon said she was particularly interested at working with businesses and residents in Mossman to beautify Front Street.

“We need to be creative in and around Mossman, using new landscaping designs in streetscapes and eye-catching plants for our little area,” she said.

“This is an easy way to restore pride in our towns and welcome tourists as they explore the region.”

The Mossman Nursery, located on Alchera Drive, has operated for about 30 years, with a majority of plants grown from seeds collected locally.

Douglas Shire residents can collect six native plants per year for free.

Plants at the nursery are used for:

  • Growing for re-vegetation and to restore habitat of degraded or weed infested lands
  • Grow to contract for other people’s projects
  • Works within Council for projects
  • Growing plants for Council gardens
  • Plants for ratepayers and the community

A design for a green, outdoor dining precinct in Grant Street is also in the pipeline over the next 12 months.

Mayor Kerr said he wanted to inspire people to spend time in the Shire’s public spaces.

“We live in one of the most beautiful natural areas in the country so we should ensure our natural assets are managed and treated in a way that maximise their potential,” he said.