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.
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.
Cairns Regional Council has endorsed the campaign by local residents for the town of Miriwinni to have an additional ‘r’ added to its name, to bring it into line with the significant indigenous name Merriwinnoo.
Councillor for Division 1, Cr. Paul Gregory, said “As the name has indigenous roots from the Yidinji clan and refers to nearby Mount Bellenden Ker that forms the town’s dynamic backdrop, the township has formed a committee to return Miriwinni to its original spelling.” He added, “although the request may appear small, restoring the town’s moniker to its original spelling held historical significance for the community.”
“Pre-war documentation and the original railway station show Miriwinni with a double ‘r’ spelling and somewhere along the way this was overlooked or forgotten,” Cr Gregory said.
The town’s Restore the R in Miriwinni Committee has collected more than 400 signatures in a petition that has been presented to state parliament.
Cairns Regional Council’s endorsement of the revised spelling is a requirement in gaining ministerial approval for the name change.
Houses in residential areas will soon be inspected to ensure that all dogs are registered. Cairns Regional Council has approved the dog audit, in which Local Laws Officers will visit every home to confirm that dogs in residence are registered. Council audit officers would visit homes between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday to carry out the inspection. The program will run from the end of August to the end of October. Registration is compulsory and designed to ensure a dog is returned to an owner if it strays.
Cr. Pyne said, “Hopefully this will also reduce the number of non-desexed dogs in the region and as a result reduce the number of unwanted puppies.” Inspections will be done by authorised officers trained in safe methods to approach dogs. Council has carried out this type of audit in the past approximately every three years and each time the cost of the program has been recouped by increased registrations.