Your Douglas Shire Council crews have been working hard in the past few days. Check out some of their work here.

Mossman and surrounds

  • Pressure cleaning all bins
  • Hand weeding around feature trees at Newell Beach.
  • Rotary hoeing playground softfall.
  • Contractors are busy installing new play equipment as part of our Playground Renewal Programme
  • Off leash dog area under construction.
  • Regular grounds maintenance, amenities maintenance and street cleaning activities.
  • Continue with snipping, hand weeding and spraying as per the Glyphosate reduction strategy.
  • Contractors continue with the installation of outdoor exercise equipment George Davis Park,  Newell Beach and Cooya Beach esplanades.
  • Slashing on the Mossman-Daintree road then moving north of the Daintree River
  • Johnston Rd footpath then moving back footpath defects around Mossman.

Port Douglas

  • Pressure cleaning Macrossan Street twice a week to remove bird faeces.
  • Daily cleaning of drink fountains to assist reduce COVID-19 exposure risk.
  • Continue with planting in fills and mulching gardens on the Esplanade.
  • Complete planting in Hutchings and Warri parks.
  • More mechanical hedging of vegetation over footpaths.
  • Continue with the installation of outdoor exercise equipment to Hutchings Park.
  • Continue to install new backboard and rings to the basketball court in Reynolds Park.
  • Continue installation of new play equipment in Rex Smeal and Bruno Reidweg Parks
  • Working on Teamsters park upgrade
  • Contractors fixing paver defects.

Biosecurity

  • Council’s Pest Animal Controller will be targeting feral pigs north of the Daintree River. Feral pig activity is increasing due to the changing weather season and food supply.
  • Nursery operations are busy preparing native tree species for the numerous re-vegetation projects scheduled throughout the Shire.
  • Weed management team are preparing to conduct the annual Sicklepod roadside treatment program in the northern part of the Douglas Shire.
  • Historic Thunbergia sites are continuing to be revisited focusing on sites in the Cape Tribulation area. A large Thunbergia site in Whyanbeel required extra help from a excavator to dig up the very large tuberous root system as part of the treatment process.

Projects

  • Council recently started an analysis of the Flagstaff Hill communications tower and will be looking to conduct revised maintenance to increase the towers longevity in servicing the surrounding region.
  • Drilling has started at site three of the Murphy Street Landslip Repair with temporary earth bunds installed for access.
  • The contractor is nearing completion of the Mowbray River Road Water Main replacement.
  • Contractors will start installing chlorination pipework in the Craiglie Reservoir next week.
  • The Ponzo Road Landslip Repairs disaster recovery project is progressing well, with the Contractor installing gabions (rock filled wire baskets) to reinstate the road back to originally width.

Water

  • Wastewater team in full Covid -19 PPE protection whilst performing maintenance and clearing pump blockages at sewer pump stations. (see below)
  • Recently a major burst water main was repaired quickly by installing a wang clamp as a temporary fix. The broken water main sections were then repaired with new pipe material with minimal interruption of water to the residents.