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Playground to be installed and reviewed

COUNCIL officers will seek community feedback about a new playground in Craiglie in six months to ensure it is not adversely affecting neighbours.

Douglas Shire Council resolved to install the playground at Millman Drive by the end of June and re-evaluate the appropriateness of the chosen site at a future date.

The playground includes a swing set, seesaw, junior climbing apparatus and rubber soft-fall safety matting.

The proposal to locate a playground within the estate is a result of a request received by the community via a petition in 2017 and again in 2018.

An additional petition against the project was received in early 2020.

Council officers will work with the concerned residents to ensure any impacts are minimised as practically possible.

The Playground Renewal Program features new play equipment and rubber soft-fall surfacing at 10 playgrounds stretching from Cape Tribulation to Craiglie.

Council would like to encourage the public to stay updated at via the project page


Marine rescue service given security through COVID-19

DOUGLAS Shire Council has moved to give boaties more confidence on the water with an offer to a new Trustee Permit for marine rescue services at Port Douglas.

Councillors resolved to offer the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA) acting on behalf of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services a new Permit to continue the provision of marine rescue services covering an area from Ellis Beach to the Hope Islands.

The Trustee Permit is for a term of 12 months, or until such time a Trustee Lease can be put in place with a body appointed by the Government.

This appointment will be a result of “The Bluewater Review”, a review on volunteer marine rescue organisations recently completed by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

A recommendation has been made to the Government for a way forward, however a decision may be some time off due to the current COVID-19 emergency.

Full council agenda item is available here.

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