Council Meeting News Briefs
Council approves plans for RV spaces and van park at Garradunga Hotel
Plans for an RV and caravan park at Garradunga, north of Innisfail, are progressing with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council approving a material change of use for grounds beside the Garradunga Hotel. Council has given the green light to a short-stay caravan park for fully-self-contained recreational vehicles and caravans to be developed in two stages, accommodating up to 37 vans or RVs. Cr Wayne Kimberley commended the application, saying it was an example of business diversification at a site that was on the Cassowary Coast tourism route.
New tourism opportunities identified to boost the Cassowary Coast economy
Art deco trails, food trails and destination events have been identified as ways to boost the Cassowary Coast's tourism trade and promote the region. Council has adopted the outcomes of tourism workshops where more than 140 residents shared their views on what makes the Cassowary Coast so special. These include opportunities for Innisfail, Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell ranging from a bigger focus on art deco tours and more accommodation in Innisfail to more Tully Gorge activities out of Tully, more Great Barrier Reef experiences and tropical fruit-related tourism in Mission Beach and an emphasis on indigenous culture, Kirrama Range Road and Hinchinbrook Island in Cardwell. On a whole-of-region scale, the Cassowary Coast's art deco heritage, its fishing, indigenous culture, world heritage rainforest and beautiful beaches and rivers have been highlighted as its signature experiences. Cr Ben Heath said a strong focus on boosting the region's economy was leading to diverse tourism opportunities. He said several developers were interested in accommodation opportunities, new indigenous culture tourism products were currently under discussion and new art deco opportunities were also being explored.
Council approves subdivision
A generous development incentive scheme that offers up to 100 per cent off infrastructure charges for some developments and up to 50 per cent discounts on others has been applied to a small subdivision on the Cassowary Coast. Council has approved a 50 per cent reduction in infrastructure charges for a development in Innisfail where one residential lot is being reconfigured into three residential lots at Campbell St in Cullinane. Councillors voted unanimously for the development incentive scheme application, Cr Jeff Baines saying the scheme was a catalyst for growth in the local economy. Under the scheme's conditions the development must be completed by 14 December 2018.