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THE man behind a breathtaking design of Australia’s first chemical-free swimming hole in Port Douglas will present his vision to the community next month.

Douglas Shire Council has announced three, two-hour-long community engagement sessions headlined by world-renowned landscape architect, Phillip Johnson, and key Council officers as it dives into its first round of public consultation on the proposed project.

The consultation, which takes place on Wednesday 11th December, will provide opportunities for the public to get more information from the multi award-winning designer and ask questions about the project.

Council has earmarked land around the Port Douglas Life Saving Club for the project, which would be the first public crocodile and stinger free-swimming area for the town.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu encouraged everyone to save the date to ask any questions and learn more about the once-in-a-generation project.

“Phillip has a knack for inspiring others with his innovative projects and I suspect the community will be thoroughly impressed with his story and vision,” she said.

“There has been plenty of discussion about the initial vision and I encourage everyone to bring their questions and comments to the table.

“We are excited and the Surf Club is excited, so let’s continue the conversation with the community about what this project should look like.”

Council staff will conduct presentations about the business case, reason for location and discuss the major challenges of delivering the project.

A first impressions survey conducted after the release of the vision revealed 81% of respondents supported the project, while 19% were against it.

“We have provided three sessions to give everyone the best opportunity to come along, hear all the information and ask any questions they feel are unanswered,” Mayor Leu said.

To assist with catering, please register which session you would like to attend by emailing:


Wednesday 11th December

Public consultation times at Port Douglas Community Hall

10am – 12 noon

2:00pm – 4:00pm

5:30pm – 7:30pm

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