Jun 21, 2019

Trail wins $36m funding

Trail wins $36m funding Mayor Julia Leu with Douglas Shire Council’s manager sustainable communities Paul Hoye.

Douglas Shire Council has welcomed a $36 million commitment from the State Government to fund the whole Wangetti Trail project.

The 94km trail will offer a six-day walking or two-day riding experience, and is expected to create up to 150 jobs and inject up to $300 million into the economy as an ecotourism attraction.

Construction on the new Mowbray River crossing and the trail north to Port Douglas could be completed by mid-2020.

“The Wangetti Trail was a vision of this Council and we made it a priority project,” Mayor Julia Leu said.

“The State Government’s announcement is really fantastic news for our economy and boosts the tourism sector’s confidence in this game-changing project.”

A project-working group created by Douglas Shire Council and Cairns Regional Council completed an interim feasibility report that secured State Government commitment.

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