Douglas Shire Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on the option to relocate the Port Douglas Outrigger Canoe Club to Four Mile Park.
Council is facilitating the relocation of the Port Douglas Outrigger Canoe Club because of the potential for serious injury or loss of life due to the prevalence of large crocodiles at the club’s present location, adjacent to the Port Douglas Yacht Club.
Community consultation has already occurred at a site adjacent to the Port Douglas Sailing Club in Solander Boulevard which is also an option for the club’s relocation.
Council has written to nearby residents and ratepayers around Four Mile Park inviting them to make a submission on the proposed relocation.
The proposed Four Mile Park site would consist of approximately 1500sq m of land, situated adjacent to the park’s existing basketball court.
Park users would continue to have full public access through the proposed site.
The proposal would incorporate the construction of a clubhouse pavilion and storage shed on the site and no clearing of vegetation will be allowed.
A requirement of any Council approval to proceed with either site would also require further approval from the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines.
In order to progress any proposed new trustee lease with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Council is required to prepare a Land Management Plan for the use of Reserve land which will be advertised for public consultation.
The community is invited to make submissions about the proposed relocation of the Port Douglas Outrigger Canoe Club to Four Mile Park.
Submissions can be sent to the Douglas Shire Council CEO Unit, PO Box 723, Mossman 4873, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions close at 5pm on Tuesday, May 27.
The Port Douglas Outrigger Canoe Club has provided information that it has 25 active members and the club’s operating hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm to 6.30pm and Saturdays from 6.15am to 8.30am.
The Club has also indicated the time spent by members at the clubhouse is minimal and consists of arriving at the site, getting equipment and taking the boats to the water where all of the training takes place.
All of the Club’s social gatherings and meetings take place off-site.
Once the community’s concerns and opinions have been identified and articulated, the Port Douglas Outrigger Canoe Club will be invited to respond with suggestions as to how its operations can be accommodated, with due consideration to the preservation of the amenity of the area and with due regard for the concerns of residents and ratepayers, and the community at large.
A report which evaluates the two proposed sites will be prepared for consideration at an Ordinary Council Meeting after the completion of the Four Mile Park community consultation.