Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu has announced that work will begin on Stage 1 of the Daintree Gateway this year.
The Daintree Gateway is just one of the initiatives to be funded in the $8.9 million capital works budget adopted by Douglas Shire Council today, with $287,000 allocated to revegetate, landscape and protect the natural environs of the Daintree River.
Local artists will be used in the Daintree Gateway design and signage development incorporating Kuku Yalanji place names on the signage, with new toilet facilities also included in the initial works.
“The Daintree Gateway is one of the Douglas Shire’s most significant tourism infrastructure projects and Council recognises the importance of providing a suitable entrance to our magnificent Daintree Rainforest,” Mayor Leu said.
Other priorities include $100,000 to beautify the Mossman streetscape, $100,000 to repair the Sugar Wharf and improve the Waterfront with landscaping, pathing and seating and $35,000 to resurface the netball courts at the Port Douglas Sports Complex.
More than $3.4 million of the capital works budget will be spent on improvements to the roads and bridge network, including:
– $650,025 in Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Funding for flood mitigation, Daintree flood gauge automation and Whyanbeel and Mowbray Valley causeway upgrades;
– $700,000 for road rehabilitation of Junction Rd and Shannonvale Rd;
– $413,200 for new Woobadda Creek bridge;
– $250,000 to replace Fischers Bridge to improve access to China Camp and provide economic development and tourism opportunities;
– $460,000 for the FNQROC bitumen reseal and asphalt seal program;
– $200,000 major works replacement for Diggers Bridge;
– $60,000 footpath renewal to connect Old Cooya and Ocean Breeze;
– $81,000 footpath renewal of Davidson St; and
– $20,000 for cycling/walking strategy implementation
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree will receive $430,000 in funding this financial year, with $100,000 allocated for community grants, $40,000 set aside for a Mossman aged care business plan and $53,000 provided to the Douglas Chamber of Commerce for Carnivale and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Council will also provide more than $70,000 of in-kind assistance for local community organisations and significant events which have economic benefits for the Douglas Shire.
“Council is focused on working with our communities to identify opportunities to improve the Douglas Shire’s economic and social development,” Mayor Leu said.
“We have some exciting challenges ahead of us in the next 12 months, including developing a new Douglas Shire Planning Scheme, but there are plenty of indications the Douglas Shire is heading in the right direction.”