The historic Sugar Wharf building in Port Douglas will receive  structural repairs and upgrades including the construction of new toilet facilities as well as new fans and new track lighting.

The above deck works will include replacement of timber decking, missing timber bracing, steel and purlin tie-downs, and repairs to the balustrades.

The below deck works include replacing corroded bolts, steel fixings, missing bracing, repairing timber rot, repairing corrosion on steel-work and maintenance to steel piles.

Stage one of the upgrade plan is to build five new toilets, three female, one male and one wheelchair access.

Stage two of the project will include floor plans to accommodate a wish list of community suggestions, including fans and better lighting.

Cost of Project


Project Updates


Council will enter into a contract with Neater Constructions to complete Sugar Wharf maintenance and repairs. The Contractor will work closely with the Project Manager and Australian Heritage Specialists to ensure that Heritage and Conservation Guidelines are adhered to in accordance with the Scope of Works.


Council carried out consultation to seek feedback on proposed design and configuration of toilet facilities within the Sugar Wharf, with options that would meet building standards for events of between 200 and 262 people.

Onsite consultation with key stakeholders and members of the public was also conducted to build a ‘wish list’ of improvements and suggestions, which will be considered for future grant applications and for inclusion in Council’s
capital works budget for future years. Read the full update, here.

JUNE, 2019

Council released the 2019-2020 Annual Budget, announcing it will spend $160,000 to complete a necessary upgrades at Sugar Wharf. Read full announcement, here.

Sugar Wharf Aerial

Community Consultation

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Round one of consultation has now closed and a report has been published. Read the full update, here.

For any further feedback please contact Gaye Scott on 0418 793 009 or gaye.scott@douglas.qld.gov.au.

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For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Gaye Scott on 0418 793 009 or gaye.scott@douglas.qld.gov.au