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Council accepts petition for public transport study

Douglas Shire Council has received a petition calling on the State Government to commission a public transport study.

The petition, which was signed by 188 people, is asking Council to request the State Government to examine the social-economic benefit of public transport in Douglas Shire and further south to Cairns.

Councillors today received the petition

Read the full Council report here. 

Council helps Men’s Shed hammer on

Douglas Shire Council will allow the Daintree Coast Community Shed Inc to lodge a development application for a clubhouse on public land in Diwan.

The community organisation has engaged a planning consultant who has prepared and lodged a development application for a men’s shed over land at 69 Tea Tree Road.

The land, which is freehold land owned by Council, currently has emergency services facilities, a helipad, health clinic, public toilets, performance stage, playground, sporting club facilities and grounds, and Council Works depot.

The Council decision to provide consent now allows the planning team to assess the application.

Read the full Council report here. 

Local Business to truck liquid waste

A Mossman business has been awarded a contract to truck leachate from Killaloe Waste Transfer Station to the Port Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Leachate is a liquid which has been in contact with waste materials. The leachate is transported via a tanker truck to a pre-treatment storage basin at the Port Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Leachate is screened and aerated before passing into the Sequencing Batch Reactor and treated with sewage.

Council today awarded the contract to local business Marrin Pty Ltd.

Leachate is a regulated waste and requires the contractor to hold a valid Environmental Authority and complete a Waste Tracking Certificate for each load.

Read the full Council report here. 

Road Renewal contract awarded

Douglas Shire Council has awarded a contract to maintain its road network to Pioneer North Queensland Pty Ltd.

The annual road reseal program seeks to address priority road deficits such as cracking, stripping, rutting and localized failures.

Council manages about 216km of sealed roads, 54km of concrete floodways and 156km of gravel roads throughout the Douglas Shire.

Road inspections are conducted to prioritize roads and develop the scope of the program.

Council allocated $900,000 towards the Reseal Program in the 2022/23 Annual Budget as part of a $4.7M investment in transport and marine infrastructure.


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