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A MAINTENANCE program for Warri Park in Port Douglas will seek to preserve the serenity and sustainability of the public space.

Douglas Shire Council today adopted the Warri Park Maintenance Program to outline vegetation maintenance at the site.

More than 60 customer requests have been lodged directly relating to the two-hectare park in the past five years, mostly from residents living on Ulysses Avenue or Lake Close.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the maintenance program clearly outlined the level of service set aside for the park.

“We have also identified possible capital works that can be made to the park, such as new lake edging and irrigation improvements, for our staff to look further into,” he said.

“Many people have written to us requesting more trimming of trees, while we also get many reports of illegal clearing of trees by members of the public.

“Through this program, Council will be able to address these long-standing issues in a transparent and accountable manner

All trees on Council-owned or managed land such as Warri Park are protected, and any trees planted on Council land become the responsibility of Council.

As such, residents cannot add, remove, prune, or otherwise damage such trees without applying for permission

No additional operational budget allocation is required to implement the on-ground maintenance components of the Warri Park Maintenance Program.

Future capital works will be scheduled when approved capital funding becomes available.

Other news from the January 2022 Ordinary Council Meeting:

Council seeks $2.9 million funding from Federal Government

COUNCIL will lodge grant applications for an upgrade of the Rex Smeal Park playground and the Cooya Beach Reservoir Connection.

The Green Ant-themed Rex Smeal adventure playground is symbolic and seeks to encourage interest, exploration and connection with the environment.

The Cooya Reservoir Connection project will facilitate water security for the Cooya Beach residential area

The Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) aims to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future with grants of $20,000 to $10M.

Read the full council report here. 

Construction to start on Mossman to Cooya Beach Cycleway 

A WONGA Beach company will construct Stage 2 of the Mossman to Cooya Beach cycleway.

Douglas Shire Council awarded the $841,005 contract to Colpo Constructions Pty Ltd to complete earthworks, roadworks and drainage works for the project.

The construction completion date is anticipated to be mid-2022.

Read the full Council report here. 

New equipment to reduce power usage

A NEW Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) at the Port Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant will reduce power consumptions by up to 25% and reduce the need for maintenance.

Douglas Shire Council resolved to order the parts and award the construction portion of the upgrade to Xylem Water Solutions Australia.

The current infrastructure is aging and was identified as requiring upgrade in a recent report.

To date, the diffusers and blowers have been replaced, with the remaining work required being upgrades to the SBRs.

The SBR system is a vital stage of the wastewater treatment process and is the main contributor of power consumption for the plant.

Upgrading the SBR basin diffuser system would improve oxygen transfer, which would reduce load on the plant, reduce power usage by up to 25% and improve maintainability.

You can read the full Council report here.


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