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5 February, 2021

Consultation Opens For Active Douglas Strategy

SPORTS vouchers are up for grabs as Douglas Shire Council seeks feedback about parks, trails, and public sporting facilities in Douglas Shire.

Council has started initial community consultation for the Active Douglas: Sports and Active Recreation Strategy, which will provide a roadmap for Council to invest in public sports and active recreational infrastructure.

Mountain bike trails, walking tracks, playgrounds, free fitness programs and other public exercise opportunities are just some ideas to be incorporated into the strategy.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said survey responses would help Council pinpoint areas it needs to focus its active recreational investment on.

“We want to get a deeper understanding of the barriers that prevent people from participating in sport and how Council can improve its active recreational offering to get our community more active,” he said.

“The Active8 Free Fitness program, which has seen a tremendous response from the community, is just one example of how Council can encourage more active lifestyles.”

“Many people love mountain biking on the Bump Track, walking along Flagstaff Hill and using our local playgrounds, so we want everyone to tell us how we can make these better and create new active experiences.”

The Active Douglas: Sports and Active Recreation Strategy follows the completion of a Masterplan for the Port Douglas Sports Complex and Mossman Showgrounds, which set out a vision for the Shire’s two main sporting precincts.

Council staff are also currently working on a project which includes mapping existing hiking and mountain bike tracks to be promoted via Council’s website.

A cycleway between Mossman and Cooya Beach is also in the pipeline with an upgrade to the Junction Creek Shared Pedestrian Bridge underway as part of the Principle Cycle Network.

Mayor Kerr said the strategy would shape the Council’s active recreational investment for the next 10 years.

“Douglas Shire is a fantastic place to get outdoors and be active,” he said.

“With our natural assets and adventure experiences, we are well-positioned to capitalise on our active recreational potential, particularly with the Wangetti Trail project underway.”

Full details can be found on Council’s website.

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