WATER wise behaviour and forecast rainfall have given Douglas Shire Council the confidence to turn off water restrictions.

The intake level at Rex Creek continues to rise above 500mm with recent showers and settle in at a more conservative 250mm during breaks in rainfall.

By comparison, intake levels dropped to below 100mm at its lowest point during Level 3 Water Restrictions in December.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu commended the community for showing restraint in its water usage during the dry season.

“Council received fantastic support from the community and key water users to reduce consumption through the dry season,” she said.

“We’d like to thank everyone for working hard to tighten their taps and protect our precious water resource during the dry period.

“Council staff are finalising the design of a new extraction site at the Mossman River before they engage with the State Government about the project.”

The Bureau of Meteorology is also expecting rainfall to increase in coming weeks as Council shifts its focus to getting the community ready for the upcoming wet season.

Council would like to encourage residents to familiarize themselves with the Douglas Dashboard, which was viewed by more than 20,000 people almost 310,000 times during the last wet season.

The Douglas Dashboard features disaster resources and updates on road conditions, weather warnings, flood cameras images, emergency bulletins and power outages.

Mayor Leu, who is chair of the Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG), encouraged everyone to avoid being complacent this wet season.

“We saw how quickly disaster can strike with the record-breaking flooding of the Daintree River on the Australia Day weekend last year,” she said.

“I want to encourage everyone to be prepared and plan ahead by asking yourself, if a severe storm, cyclone or flood hits tomorrow, am I ready?”

For more information, visit the Douglas Dashboard at: https://dashboard.douglas.qld.gov.au/