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New plans for Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club chemical-free swimming lagoon
The first look at a once-in-a-generation project capable of elevating the tourism appeal of Port Douglas has been revealed. HAVE YOUR SAY

Mark Murray, The Cairns Post
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September 5, 2019 5:00am

THE first look at a once-in-a-generation project capable of elevating the tourism appeal of Port Douglas has been revealed.

World-leading designer Phillip Johnson and Douglas Shire Council have released the design of a stunning new water park alongside Four Mile Beach after months of finetuning behind closed doors.

The lagoon, which would become the first chemical-free swimming hole in the country, would be built on land surrounding the Port Douglas Surf Club after they ticked off on the concept last week.

An artist’s impression of a swimming lagoon at the site of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club.

An overhaul of the lifesaving facilities and ocean viewing restaurant would form part of the game-changing multimillion-dollar development.

Mayor Julia Leu said it was an exciting glimpse of the town’s future.

“We have been absolutely blown away by Phillip’s enthusiasm and zest for mimicking our unique tropical landscape in this initial design,” she said.

“We are excited, the Port Douglas Surf Club is excited and now, by unveiling this *vision, we can continue the conversation with the community about what this project should look like.”

The development of a swimming lagoon has been passionately debated in the town for the best part of two decades.

The Port Douglas Surf Club Bar and Bistro on the Four Mile Beach foreshore. PIC: GIZELLE GHIDELLA
“With construction on the Mowbray North section of the Wangetti Trail about to start and Crystalbrook Collection committed to the marina precinct, now is the perfect time to put this really exciting vision out there,” she said.

Mr Johnson’s impression, inspired by the region’s swimming holes, waterfalls and famous Mossman Gorge, is an expansion on council’s plans to build a kids splash park, announced in June 2018.

The development would be reliant on significant funding from the state and federal governments.


Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club lagoon architect Phillip Johnson.

THE man behind the jaw-dropping new concept for a swimming lagoon in Port Douglas is no stranger to pushing the boundaries with his landscape designs.

Phillip Johnson’s award-winning plans have seen him recognised across the globe including the prestigious RHS Flower Show in London, where he won the top gong.

His artist impression reveals a large freshwater swimming area for adults and kids, cascading waterfalls, a boardwalk, large natural boulders and native vegetation.

Mr Johnson said his vision for the water park, slated for the parcel of land at the Port Douglas Surf Club next to Four Mile Beach, was inspired by the “breathtaking natural environment” of the Douglas Shire.

“Douglas Shire is defined by its pristine natural beauty and I explored many spectacular natural streams and waterfalls, such as the Mossman Gorge, to pull this vision together,” he said

Formal public consultation will kick off once the economic report has been completed, anticipated to be later this year.

■ Workshops will be held to gather the community’s thoughts on the concept plan and this will be considered at the preliminary design stage.

■ Input will also be sought on the preliminary design before going to detailed design.

Council said public consultation for the water park will start later this year with the community invited to give their thoughts and work collaboratively to deliver a concept design.

Feedback can be made on the council’s website.
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