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Summary

Douglas Shire Council is continuing its investigation into a public swimming pool and splash park in Port Douglas.

Cost of Project

TBA

Project Updates

May, 2022

Douglas Shire Council is moving forward with community engagement for a splash park in Port Douglas. The engagement will ascertain:

  • The community’s preferred location for a recreational water facility from a short-list of two locations – Jalunbu Park and Reynolds Park;
  • The community’s input into a custom designed splash park in Port Douglas;
  • What level of support there is in the community for a public swimming pool given the expected ongoing operational costs and impact on rates, and
  • If supported, what is the community’s preferred form for a pool.

Tenders for the engagement & subsequent design were released last week and close at 2pm 17 June 2022.

DECEMBER, 2021

Seven tenders were received by the closing date of 9 November 2021.

Rather than appoint a designer, at its Council Meeting on 30 November 2021, a resolution was passed that Council:

  1. Consults with the community for the location of the Port Douglas Splash Park and Water Precinct.
  2. The final location of the precinct is decided by Council resolution.
  3. A business case and cost benefit analysis are conducted on the proposed 50m lap pool and an alternative lagoon style pool.
  4. The business case and cost benefit analysis, for both options, are brought to a council meeting to be publicly discussed and noted.

Council is in the process of implementing the resolution and in the interim, officers requested a 120-day extension from current tenderers and five of the seven have agreed, resulting in offers remaining valid until 20 April 2022.

NOVEMBER, 2021

Tenders have been invited for the preparation of a concept plan for an aquatic facility. The tender includes developing detailed designs for a splash park and closes on 16 November 2021. Reynolds Park in Port Douglas is identified as the preferred location and the successful consultant will be required to create an animated fly through for the entire aquatic facility. This will be used to go out to the community for feedback on the concept.

The aquatic facility will be a staged development. Once Council has approved the overall concept, the consultant will prepare detailed designs for the splash park component which will be Stage 1. The aim is for the splash park to be shovel ready in time to seek funding in 2022.

Name: Port Douglas Aquatic Park Concept and Detailed Design of Stage 1

Opened:  19/10/2021

Closes: 09/11/2021 2PM

More details here. 

JUNE, 2021

Douglas Shire Council has committed to completing the following Operational Plan initiative in the 2021/22 financial year.

  • Port Douglas Aquatic Precinct – Following approval of concept and detailed design progress towards funding for an aquatic precinct, that includes a splash park. Ensure community engagement. The splash park will be phase one.

Target – Completed designs, community engagement and identification of potential funding sources. Importantly, while the design will encompass the longer-term version which includes a pool, the more immediate priority is the splash park. Therefore, designs should enable a phased approach to actual construction.

DECEMBER, 2020

A detailed report about the survey, which attracted 628 responses, is available for public viewing here.

This report will be provided to consultants to guide and prepare concept plans and designs which will be put back out to community consultation for further feedback.

If we have missed anything or you would like to register to receive updates, please email gaye.scott@douglas.qld.gov.au.

NOVEMBER, 2020

DOUGLAS Shire Council has stepped up plans to build a splash park and public pool in Port Douglas, tipping $465,000 into developing concepts, designs, and a master plan at today’s 2020/21 Annual Budget Review.

A recent online survey completed by more than 600 people revealed about 87% of respondents believed the tourist town needs a splash park, while 68% supported building a public pool.

Multiple ideas such as a café, mini golf and entertainment precinct near the site were also suggested by survey respondents to form part of the brief for the options report.

Once complete, the concepts and design options will be put back out to community consultation for further feedback. Read more here.

OCTOBER, 2020

Douglas Shire Council has released a short survey to gauge how much the community wants a splash park and recreational pool in Port Douglas.

Council recently completed investigations into the possibility of restoring an old pool on Port Douglas Rd, finding the site was unsuitable as a public recreation area due to issues with car-parking and vehicle access from the main road.

The chemical-free lagoon vision, released by the previous Council months before the last local government election, will not be progressed.

Community Consultation

Click here for details on past, current & future consultation opportunities

First round completed

A recent online survey completed by more than 600 people revealed about 87% of respondents believed the tourist town needs a splash park, while 68% supported building a public pool.

View the consultation report here

Second round on possible options

Opening date to be advised.

Enquiries

For more information or if you have any questions, please email enquiries@douglas.qld.gov.au.

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