Cel­e­bra­tion of our inspiration

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Women of Dou­glas were cel­e­brated in a gala cer­e­mony at the Port Dou­glas Com­mu­nity Hall on Tues­day night to cel­e­brate 100 years of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil or­gan­ised the gather­ing to of­fi­cially launched its Women of Dou­glas book­let which high­lights the con­tri­bu­tion of women in the re­gion.

Divi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu and mayor Val Shier also un­veiled the six women and lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions which will be com­mem­o­rated for all time with rooms in the Com­mu­nity Hall named af­ter them.

The rooms were named in hon­our of the Moss­man branch of the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, Pink in the Trop­ics, Har­riet Parker, Marj Nor­ris, Hazel Dou­glas and Diane Ci­lento.

The Moss­man CWA was founded in 1935, with found­ing mem­bers es­tab­lish­ing a baby clinic, lob­by­ing for a high school in 1954 and form­ing a younger set just last year to con­tinue the com­mu­nity sup­port.

Pink in the Trop­ics was set up by Dou­glas women who are breast cancer sur­vivors - Natalie Halse, Deb­o­rah Katchel, Denise Collins and Maria Atkin­son - in 2009 to sup­port fel­low suf­fer­ers and ad­vo­cate for a pa­tient travel sub­sidy which has not been in­creased for 23 years.

Har­riet Parker es­tab­lished Moss­man’s first sugar cane plan­ta­tion and mill way back in 1883 on two square miles of land which still bears the name she chris­tened it, Brie Brie.

Marj Nor­ris has been in­volved in many lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions over nearly 50 years in­clud­ing the Red Cross, the P & C As­so­ci­a­tion, DAB, Moss­man Pony Club, Girl Guides and the Moss­man District Nurs­ing Home Com­mit­tee and is also a for­mer coun­cil­lor.

Hazel Dou­glas is an East­ern Kuku Yu­lanji woman who has in­spired hun­dreds of her peo­ple over the years as a tour op­er­a­tor, com­mu­nity leader, vol­un­teer and re­spected el­der.

Diane Ci­lento has led an ex­tra­or­di­nary life as an ac­tor and per­former on some of the world’s big­gest stages and cre­ated the Kar­nak play­house.

With the rooms now un­veiled, coun­cil plans to in­stall plaques which cel­e­brate the lives of the women they are named af­ter so fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can ap­pre­ci­ate their ef­forts.

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

Hon­oured: proud re­cip­i­ent Hazel Dou­glas and (in­set) the Women of Dou­glas

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