Sher­a­ton orig­i­nals re­united

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - JESSIE TOL­SON

A HUGE re­union to re­con­nect the orig­i­nal staff of the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage is be­ing planned for later this year to help cel­e­brate the iconic re­sort’s 25th birth­day.

The Sher­a­ton Mi­rage turns 25 in Oc­to­ber and for­mer credit man­ager Joanne Ni­chol­son, who moved to the re­sort in 1989 from Alice Springs, is hop­ing to re­unite the orig­i­nal staff who worked there from 1987-90 and helped trans­form Port Dou­glas from a sleepy fish­ing vil­lage into an ex­clu­sive re­sort town.

“It was very ex­cit­ing be­ing in­volved with the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage in the be­gin­ning, it was the best re­sort of its time and put Port on the map,” she said.

Port Dou­glas boomed on the back of the re­sort, with the Sher­a­ton host­ing the Skins golf tour­na­ment ev­ery year that would bring hot shot golfers such as Greg Nor­man to town.

“Be­fore the Sher­a­ton, there was not a lot go­ing on in Port Dou­glas,” Ms Ni­chol­son said.

“There was Sil­vers night­club which was the only place for peo­ple to go out.

“All the staff lived at the Reef Ter­races (Ren­dezvous Re­sort) and there was ba­si­cally noth­ing be­tween Macrossan Street and Four Mile.

“We are look­ing to find peo­ple from the orig­i­nal hey­day era of the re­sort.

“Many of the orig­i­nal staff that worked at the re­sort are still liv­ing around the Port Dou­glas area.”

Through word of mouth and so­cial net­work­ing such as Face­book, Ms Ni­chol­son has tracked down for­mer staff from all over Australia and as far as the UK who are com­ing to the re­union, which will be held in Au­gust.

Ev­ery­one from the kitchen­hand to the orig­i­nal gen­eral man­ager are be­ing in­vited.

Even Dor­rie

the

in­fa­mous “switch bitch” who worked on the Sher­a­ton’s very own gos­sip mag­a­zine the Trop­i­cal Chron­i­cles is com­ing back.

Ms Ni­chol­son has asked for any­one who worked at the re­sort in the be­gin­ning to pass on the in­vi­ta­tion to any for­mer staff who may not yet have heard about it.

Con­tact Jo Ni­chol­son at email smpd25@live.com.au for fur­ther de­tails.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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