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
Council spoke to event planners early in 2019, and gathered a long wish list of additional upgrades which included a desire to upgrade the toilet facilities, put in fans and improve the lighting.
Thanks to a $250,000 grant through the Queensland State Government’s Building our Regions program, Council is able to deliver on more items on the wish list than it could on its own.
Work will commence in November 2020 and be completed by April 2021, in time for what is expected to be a bumper wedding season with many couples having to defer plans due to COVID.
The $350,000 project will deliver:
- Five new toilets, three female, one male and one wheelchair access to be built at the rear of the building
- Original internal timber decking will be renovated
- Plumbing and electrical upgrades will be done
- New lighting will be installed
- Fans will be installed – there are none now;
- Some of the windows not in keeping with the building’s aesthetics will be replaced
- A stainless bench and built-in sink will be installed in the south-east entrance lobby
A Heritage Exemption Certificate will be required and Council is working with Australian Heritage Specialists to ensure that Heritage and Conservation Guidelines are adhered to in accordance with the Scope of Works.
As part of its regular maintenance program, Council has been replacing a portion of the external decking boards on the Sugar Wharf each year, to address tripping hazards and timber rot.
Last year, there was a significant number to be replaced and due to the condition of many boards at the entrance, the decision was made to replace all boards resulting in a brand new deck.
Work also included replacement of missing timber bracing, steel and purlin tie-downs and repairs to the balustrades.
The deck offers stunning views of the coastline and Coral Sea, and hence is a favourite for afternoon and sunset gatherings.
Considerable repairs were also completed out of sight. Below deck works included replacing corroded bolts, steel fixings, missing bracing, repairing timber rot, repairing corrosion on steel-work and maintenance to steel piles.
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.
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.