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Profiling Your Community: Bentley Park

Bentley Park is a rapidly developing residential area, with undeveloped areas in the west. Bentley Park is bounded by the suburb of Mount Sheridan and Skeleton Creek in the north, the Bruce Highway in the east, Blackfellows Creek and the suburb of Edmonton in the south, and the locality of Lamb Range and Freshwater Creek State Forest in the west. Bentley Park is named after an early farm homestead in the area, which was named after Bentley Hall in England.

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for sugar cane growing. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population increasing from under 700 in 1991 to over 5,000 in 2006, a result of large numbers of new dwellings being added to the area.

Major features of the area include Fretwell Park and two schools.

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Bentley Park (Street Map)
Bentley Park (Street Map)

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Bentley Park Statistics
Bentley Park Statistics

 

Profiling Your Community: WOREE

Woree is an established residential, industrial and recreational area, with some commercial land use along Mulgrave Road. Woree is bounded by Mulgrave Road, the suburb of Earlville and Chinaman Creek in the north, the suburbs of Portsmith and White Rock in the east, Cairns Golf Course, Hepburn Street, the North Coast Railway line and the suburb of Mount Sheridan in the south, and the suburb of Bayview Heights, the Sugarcane Tramway and Henley Street in the west. Woree is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning “child” or “shallow water”.

Settlement of the area dates from the 1880s, with gradual growth through to the early 1900s. Significant development did not occur until the 1960s, with rapid growth during the 1970s and 1980s. The population declined slightly from the mid 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Major features of the area include Cannon Park Racecourse, Cairns Golf Course, Woree Community Centre, Woree Swimming Pool, Calanna Park, Jeff Pezzutti Park and a number of schools.

Woree Aerial Map (large file 11Mb)

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Profiling Your Community: WHITE ROCK

White Rock is a relatively recent residential area, with undeveloped areas in the south, and conservation areas in the east. White Rock is bounded by Cairns Golf Course, Hepburn Street and the suburb of Woree in the north, the locality of Portsmith in the east, the suburb of Edmonton and Skeleton Creek in the south, and the Bruce Highway and the North Coast railway line in the west. White Rock is named after White Rock Peak, in the nearby Freshwater Creek State Forest.

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s. Significant development did not occur until the 1970s, with rapid growth from the late 1970s through to the late 1980s. Growth continued from the early 1990s, although at a slower rate, a result of new dwellings continuing to be added to the area.

Arial Map (large file)

White Rock North
White Rock North
White Rock (Central)
White Rock (Central)
White Rock South
White Rock South

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Woree State High School Wins National Training Award!

December 2010: The Australian Training Initiative Award was presented to Woree State High School, Tropical North Queensland TAFE and Skill360 Australia in Sydney on 19th November. It is awarded to programs that “demonstrate excellence and innovation in a leading edge initiative in the field of vocational education and training”. This is the third high profile acknowledgement for our successful SchoolTech program.

Congratulations to Carmel Iivonen and her team at SchoolTech.

Over the past two years the opportunities for gaining an apprenticeship or traineeship provided by this program has resulted in some fantastic outcomes for our senior schooling students. We are very proud to be a lead partner in this exciting initiative.

As you can see in the photo, John McSweeney proudly received the award at the gala evening, along with Phil Williams (TNQ TAFE) and Michael Goodrich (Skill360 Australia).

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Foster Road Cemetery Parking Upgraded in Mt Sheridan!

From November 2010: Parking for the Crematorium and Cemetery on Foster Road was an issue for a long while, with cars forced to park on the grassy verge. Not a great situation, especially during our wet season.

Foster Road in Mount Sheridan
Foster Road in Mount Sheridan

Former Cr. Jeff Pezzutti put some parking on one of the many ‘lists’ at Council’s and current Cr. Rob Pyne has followed it up to see the job was done!

Well done to Council staff for working towards completing the job, despite the wet weather.

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Council Works: Some Little Jobs in Woree and White Rock.

Sunbird Drive Improvement:

Left: Councillor Rob inspects Council’s handy work.
Left: Councillor Rob inspects Council’s handy work.

Recently Council had the opportunity to tidy up a little area at the intersection of Sunbird Drive and Anderson Road. The result leaves one parking bay, but more importantly, safety is improved for children walking and cycling to school.

 Right: Looking down Sunbird Drive to Anderson Road
Right: Looking down Sunbird Drive to Anderson Road

Cracknell Close Access Improved:

Council has upgraded access to the pathway in Cracknell Close. This is a popular little walkway, as it leads through to Sheehy Road.

Many residents like to walk down Hollywood Drive, then from Cracknell to Sheehy Road and down to Kambara or Kowinka as a circuit.

Above: Cracknell Close walkway in White Rock
Above: Cracknell Close walkway in White Rock

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MARTI STREET SHOPS APPROVED

From May 2010: Cairns Regional Council has approved a request for an extension of the Shopping Facilities in Marti Street and Toogood Road in Bayview Heights. The approval will see a change in the intensity of the site that allows an extension to the southernmost two shop units, extending them 154 square metres to the rear. The extension will be approximately 14 metres in length and 10 metres in width, expanding the existing shopping facilities.

The shops are within a Local Centre Planning Area and the extension was considered to be generally compliant with Council’s Planning Scheme. Currently half of the shopping units are vacant and it was felt the location has not been providing the desired levels of service envisioned for a Local Centre.

The extension to the rear and amalgamation of two units will allow for the introduction of a larger and more diverse shop to the advantage of local residents and to the general occupation of the overall complex of shopping units.

Marti Street Shops
Marti Street Shops

Council acknowledged that the extension to the shops will result in an erosion of an already substandard provision of car parking. However, Council also noted many customers walk or cycle to these neighbourhood shops.

Given the “convenience” nature of the shops in a Local Centre, it was not considered that long term on-street parking would be generated to any more significant extent than presently exists.

Ample parking is available on Marti Street and Toogood Road. This situation can be further improved by line marking for vehicle parking along Toogood Road in addition to Marti Street (which is already line marked).

A requirement of the approval was that long term staff park at the rear, so the on street parking remains available for customer parking.

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