Save the Rain trees in Mowbray Valley
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The Douglas Shire Council is planning to remove 5 Rain trees numbered 131, 133, 135, 156, 157 as part of the new construction upstream of the existing historical Diggers bridge the proposed Council works include building a new double lane concrete causeway. A significant number of very large, old river-bank trees have been marked for removal. These trees are considered both iconic and precious by the general community, as is the whole area at the river crossing. While Diggers Bridge would remain as a foot bridge for now there is no ongoing commitment to maintaining it or keeping it in the future.
Unfortunately there was a major breakdown in the public consultation process which should have been put in place a year ago; subsequently very few residents were aware of the proposed works until the trees were recently chalked for removal.
The removal of these grand trees would add to the eyesore the new causeway would create.
The residents and ratepayers of the Mowbray Valley are in agreement on the following recommendations:
1. A replacement bridge to be built as close to the existing design as possible :
- As much timber construction as is possible ( see supporting documents from Maryborough and Mareeba shires)
- The new bridge to remain one lane as this acts as a very effective speed-check on the 2 adjacent more dangerous corners.
- A single lane bridge allows the iconic trees to remain. These trees are crucial to the continuing stability of the Mowbray riverbank during flooding.
2. New bridge to include a footbath/bike-path and viewing/fishing platform
- This would bring Mowbray community up to the standard of all the other suburbs in the shire which already have bike paths and recreational facilities.
- The scenic path through Mowbray is famously renowned to the high number of visitors and locals who ride, run and hike through the valley both privately and as part of the tourism industry. The beauty and heritage of the Mowbray river crossing is advertised and well known, and a major factor in attracting people to famous Mowbray-Bump Track- Black Mountain Trail.
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