Annabel Bowles

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Port Douglas public pool, splash park gets council and public approval

A long-anticipated public pool and splash park complex in Port Douglas is one step closer to construction. 

Douglas Shire Council today announced it would spend $465,000 on developing concepts and designs.

The commitment comes after a recent online survey revealed a large majority of 600 respondents would support the project.

87% of respondents believe the tourist town needs a splash park, while 68% support building a public pool.

Other ideas including a café, mini golf and an entertainment precinct near the site were also suggested by respondents to form part of the brief for the options report.

Once complete, the Council will share the concepts and design options with the community and seek further feedback.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said Council was acting on a clear public mandate to progress the project.

“Our recent survey confirmed the findings from previous consultation that there is widespread support for investment in a safe swimming option and water play area in Port Douglas,” he said.

“The next step is to pull together some really exciting concepts and designs that reflect the desires of the community, before asking for further feedback on the project.”

“I continue to seek a meeting with Cook MP Cynthia Lui to discuss the community survey results and her Government’s $1.5 million election commitment. I look forward to sitting down with her and discussing how the Douglas Shire Council and community can work with her to deliver this exciting project.”

The Council’s 2020/21 Annual Budget Review today saw over $3.3 million worth of projects added to the capital works program due to Council resolutions or successful grant funding.

Highlights include:

  • $62,000 – Disaster Coordination Centre Feasibility and Design
  • $80,000 – Marlin Drive Speed Cushions
  • $120,000 – Wonga Beach Caravan Park grey water system
  • $126,469 – Digger’s Park
  • $175,000 – Flood warning systems at CREB Track, McDowall Range and Stewart Creek Valley, Mossman Treatment Plant and Rex Creek Intake
  • $860,400 – Safe Places Emergency Accommodation

The 2020/21 Budget Review documents also indicate Council is tracking slightly better on its operating position.