Sheraton originals reunited
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
In the swing: Khobi Arthurson and Olivia Marshall