Macrossan Street set to shine with new lighting installation
MAIN STREET UPGRADES
The much-awaited decorative lighting along the trees on Macrossan Street has begun to be installed.
A Council spokesperson confirmed yesterday that nine trees along the main street were being wrapped in the new lighting.
“The work will take up to five days to complete with testing to follow,” the spokesperson said.
“Council has installed infrastructure to lay electrical conduits underground to service the trees.”
Council’s ‘Light Up Port’ project came following a Douglas Chamber of Commerce appeal to businesses to reinvigorate the town earlier this year.
The lighting was announced in March this year after plans for an off-lead dog park trial in Port Gardens was shelved due to complaints from those living closest to the proposed location of the park.
It was moved at an ordinary Council meeting in May that the funding for the dog park be reallocated to the lighting project instead.
The original budget for the trial dog park was $145,000 but the lighting installation has, so far, cost a fraction of that total.
“A contractor has been engaged to supply and install the lighting to the nine trees at a cost of approximately $45,000,” the Council spokesperson said.
“Some preparatory works were also complete to enable infrastructure to service the lights.”
The lighting is part of a wider push by Council to reinvigorate the town centre with works to garden beds and other Council assets having taken place recently as well.
The council have stated the trial dog park will still go ahead at a date and location yet to be determined.
“We must get the location right and there are enough sites in Port Douglas, the sporting complex, for example, that could be considered,” Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said at the time.
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