Barrier Street roundabout cleanup lauded

Tuesday March 3 2015, 9:10am

Douglas Shire Council has attracted both compliments and complaints after stripping out the overgrown vegetation on a Port Douglas roundabout and replacing it with turf in order to comply with Department of Transport and Main Roads. 

Council crews worked quickly to strip out thick bushes and shrubbery on the Barrier Street / Port Douglas Road roundabout, replacing them with low-lying, neater-looking turf. 


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While some residents bemoaned the removal of the vegetation, others welcomed the clearer line of sight and even offered tips for extra features.

 Port Douglas resident Alison Diamond said she had been asking council to remove the vegetation for three years in a comment on a previous Newsport article about the roundabout. 

“Well it’s about time I’ve been requesting that vegetation be removed for about 3x years,” Ms Diamond commented. 

“Well done, now maybe put in some colourful dwarf shrubs etc with lots of colour.”

The clearing of the Barrier Street roundabout comes after council accepted a low-set, concrete-only design for the central circle of the upgraded Captain Cook Highway entrance roundabout. 

Despite community outrage over the spartan design of the highway roundabout, DTMR rules required clear lines of sight over the central circle of the roundabout.