Flagstaff Hill hopefully repaired by Easter holidays

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Howard Salkow

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FIXING: The Little Cove end of the Flagstaff Hill walking track is currently under repair. Image: Victoria Stone-Meadows.
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Douglas Shire Council is hoping the weather will co-operate which will allow it to fully open the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail by the Easter holidays, which fall from 19 to 22 April.

The track was closed to the public after damaging rain and winds associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen damaged the trail on 10 December 2018.

In a statement issued today, Council said weather permitting, they expected the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail to be fully open by the Easter holidays.

“Contractors are currently working from the Little Cove end of the trail.


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“Council has re-opened the ‘Lookout Link’ from Four Mile Beach to Island Point Lookout, which features the breath-taking Coral Sea viewing platform. Work was delayed due to the recent wet weather,” they said.

Since its opening, the trail has been a victim of the harsh weather that has impacted the area.

In March last year it suffered significant damage from the once-in-a-100-year rainfall that hammered the shire.

For the 24-hour period from 9.00am Sunday until Monday morning, Port Douglas received 593mm of rainfall, which was the highest in the state.

The walking trail was unveiled on 18 December 2017, after it had been 25 years in the making.  

The total cost of the track was $953,104.00 – Stage one cost $248,061 and Stage two was $705,043 – with the State Government contributing $550,000 under its Works for Queensland program.

At the time of the opening, Douglas Shire Mayor Julia said that stage two of the project created 16 jobs, including eight training opportunities.

The 1.5km trail provides a link between Four Mile Beach and Rex Smeal Park and features many picturesque vantage points, including a platform that offers magnificent views of the Coral Sea and Low Isles, all the way to Snapper Island and the Daintree Rainforest. 

 

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