Pass the hat for Ai­den

Drunken bus driver nabbed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

ONE of the many paint­ings on dis­play on the Strom Gould Art launch is The Pub Floor Show.

It fea­tures Betty on the squeeze­box and Al­bert Whit­ing on the fid­dle who were the own­ers of the Court House Ho­tel from 1945 un­til 1983, when neph­ews Noel Weare on the lager­phone, and Adam Kadic bass, took over the lease, with Noe­line Warner who also worked at the pub on har­mon­ica.

Strom painted over the orig­i­nal faces, ex­cept for the Whit­ings, when the boys took over. THE build-up has started and it’s rain­ing Stroms.

Fab­u­lous paint­ings and prints by larger-than-life artist Strom Gould have been re­veal­ing them­selves since a re­quest was pub­lished two weeks ago in the Gazette.

The own­ers will put them on dis­play for a one night only ex­hi­bi­tion to be held in tan­dem with the launch of the pub­lic dis­play of the four Strom paint­ings held by the Dou­glas Shire His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. A PORT Dou­glas man was caught drink-driv­ing by po­lice on his way to work as a bus driver.

The 46-year-old was more than twice the le­gal limit with a blood al­co­hol con­tent of .116 in the morn­ing of Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 12.

He was the only drink-driver charged in an op­er­a­tion by six traf­fic of­fi­cers of the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice, three trans­port in­spec­tors from Queens­land Trans­port and the high­way pa­trol in Port Dou­glas and Moss­man for the day.

The op­er­a­tion was to tar­get de­fec­tive ve­hi­cles in the Dou­glas re­gion and they were spread out across Port Dou­glas and Moss­man at the same time to catch out driv­ers.

Twenty-one in­fringe­ment no­tices were is­sued, in­clud­ing three bi­cy­cle of­fences, three mo­bile phone tick­ets, four de­fec­tive ve­hi­cles and six speed­ing tick­ets.

De­fect no­tices were also is­sued by Queens­land Trans­port, two ve­hi­cles were im­pounded and towed for un­li­censed driv­ers and un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles.

The Tram­mie’s Daugh­ter, Strom Self-por­trait, The Night Watch and Court­house X1 will be part of the Beau­ti­ful Art Space at the Meri­dien Ma­rina.

Some paint­ings that have been loaned are from when Strom Gould vis­ited the Dain­tree in 1937 and PNG in 1938, ab­stracts from the 1960s when he was re­garded as one of the six best ab­stract artists in Aus­tralia and in the ’70s to ’80s more lo­calised his­toric and land­scape pieces and his well-known large-aslife and colour­ful car­i­ca­ture paint­ings of Port Dou­glas lo­cals.

Also on dis­play are ex­quis­ite Aus­tralian wild­flower and bird cards from his il­lus­tra­tions, orig­i­nally com­mis­sioned for the P & O Cruise Line in 1953.

The launch is on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 27 at the Meri­dien Ma­rina at 6pm.

A one-off lim­ited print run of col­lectible can­vas prints of the four paint­ings owned by the DSHS are avail­able for Strom fans and can be bought on the night and one set of these prints will be raf­fled. IT IS time to pass the hat around and dig deep to sup­port three-year-old Ai­den Toy and his fam­ily.

The Wonga Beach tod­dler is about to un­dergo the first of many op­er­a­tions to re­move the Dain­tree ul­cer at­tack­ing his foot.

Michaela Newton and On The In­let col­league Jac­qui Slat­tery de­cided they wanted to raise money to sup­port the fam­ily when they travel to Cairns for the first op­er­a­tion in a cou­ple of weeks.

“Ai­den has a se­ri­ous Dain­tree ul­cer that is go­ing to re­quire years of painful surg­eries and skin grafts and this means mul­ti­ple hos­pi­tal vis­its,” Michaela said.

“This fundraiser will give the Toy fam­ily some fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance dur­ing this tough time, as the whole fam­ily will need to travel with Ai­den to sup­port him while he un­der­goes lengthy hos­pi­tal stays.”

Michaela de­cided to make it of­fi­cial an­has d is mak­ing next Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 26, the day to “pass the hat around for Ai­den”.

“We are not do­ing any­thing large be­cause I am try­ing to do some­thing quickly to raise some ini­tial as­sis­tance for the first surgery,” she said.

“I would like to raise $2000 which will be enough to get Ai­den an iPad be­cause there will be so much time spent through the wet where Ai­den won’t be able to be a nor­mal three-and-a-half-year-old.

“The rest of the money will go to­wards ac­com­mo­da­tion be­cause Tanya has a new­born and that way the fam­ily unit can be kept to­gether.”

Both Michaela and Jac­qui will be walk­ing the streets of Port Dou­glas Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 28, to col­lect the money raised and can be eas­ily spot­ted by their white T-shirts with a pic­ture of Ai­den and his mum Tanya on them.

For more in­for­ma­tion or if you would like to do­nate, con­tact Michaela Newton or Jac­qui Slat­tery at On the In­let on 4099 5255.

Photo by MAR­TINE COTTON

Sense of Strom: some of the artist’s work which will be on dis­play

Pass­ing the hat around: Jac­qui Slat­tery and Michaela Newton

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