A smoking ceremony by Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owner, Caleb Hall, has marked the start of Stage 2 construction of the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail in Port Douglas.
Douglas Shire Council Mayor, Julia Leu, said that it was an honour to have the traditional ceremony to mark the beginning of work at Little Cove.
“What a beautiful spot for this significant ceremony, here under the shady trees with breathtaking views across the water to the Low Isles,” Mayor Leu said.
“The 1.5km trail will link Four Mile Beach with the waterfront and marina. It includes both sealed and unsealed walking track and should be finished in late November 2017,” she said.
“The track is being constructed by Cairns-based Eco Civil Solutions and local Indigenous company, Bulban Enterprises.
“The two companies partnered to win the contract under an open tender. Council is delighted to be able to support Yalanji business development initiatives in the Shire.
“Training will be provided for 15 staff, ensuring they have stronger skills for future work opportunities.
The trail will follow the contours of Flagstaff Hill and includes lookouts to Double Island, Four Mile Beach, Low Isles, Snapper Island and the Daintree Rainforest.
“It’s a spectacular trail that will be enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike and is destined to become one of the region’s key attractions,” Mayor Leu said.
The State Government has contributed $550,000 to the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail under its Works 4 Queensland program.