Council seeking feedback on Blue Pools management plan
Douglas Shire Council will hold two community meetings to discuss the land management plan for Blue Pools on Cooper Creek in the Daintree.
The site under consideration is locally known as ‘Blue Hole’ but, to the Traditional Owners, the locality is referred to as ‘Blue Pools’.
According to a report prepared by Douglas Shire Council, the land management plan could see the site restricted to access by Traditional Owners only.
The land management plan would see the site transferred to the Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation as trustee on behalf of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people
The management plan would be in place for 15 years with Jabalbina responsible for monitoring the rehabilitation of the environment within the trust site.
Jabalbina would be required to report on the progress of the site’s rehabilitation every six months to determine the effectiveness of the plan.
Douglas Shire Council has determined that current use of the site by locals and tourists have resulted in environmental and cultural degradation of the site.
“Consultation with representatives of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people identified a number of activities currently occurring at Blue Pools that are culturally inappropriate,” the report reads.
“Horse riding; swimming; erecting a swing on a tree; barbecues; drinking alcohol; smoking; washing of dogs and cars in the creek; and parking cars in the creek.”
Other issues identified at the sire include soil compaction and root exposure, an increase in feral pig activity, invasive weed encroachment, and a decline in water quality.
The report identifies that Blue Pools is an Aboriginal Story place associated with women’s business and has healing powers.
The custodians are women from the Eastern Kuku Yalanji clan within whose traditional country the trust land is located.
Council’s report shows the neighbouring property owners and accommodation businesses support restricting access to the site.
However, it is acknowledged there is a mixed reaction for the closing of the site among the wider communities of the Daintree.
The goals of the management plan include rehabilitation of the environment and preservation of the culturally significant location.
Under the management plan, emergency service vehicles and neighbouring property owners would be granted access to the road leading to the site.
The public meetings regarding the plan have been planned for Monday, 12 August at the Council Chambers in Mossman from 10.00am to 12.00pm and at Heritage Lodge and Spa in Diwan from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.
Please RSVP to gaye.scottdouglas.qld.govau by Friday, 9 August 2019.
Submissions can also be made online before 30 August 2019 with comments sent to enquiriesdouglas.qld.govau.
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