THE Douglas Shire Historical Society would like to make it clear that it did not pay for the restoration work at Port Douglas Cemetery after the desecration in 2004, as stated in last week’s Gazette.
According to co-ordinator at the time Brendan Fitzgerald, there was a public appeal for donations which raised almost $3500, and the Port Douglas Restoration Society donated several thousands of dollars as well.
The Douglas Shire Council paid for a new angel for Mr Carstens’ tomb in view of his service to the Douglas Divisional Board in 1888 and 1891-1898 and to the Douglas Shire Council from 1903-1906.
His statue in Macrossan St was erected by his second wife, Pauline.
His first wife Catherine’s grave has now been desecrated, as has Bridget Tait’s (for the second time) and 1911 cyclone victim, Councillor Andrew Jack.
The hardships of our earliest pioneers are reflected in that cemetery and our community’s heritage has been violated.
The Society is extremely upset that this vandalism has occurred and urges anybody with any information to contact the Port Douglas police urgently. throughout the region to get a partial answer to the completion date of the Bloomfield Crossing Bridge.
It’s worth noting funds have been allocated for the last two years now. The story came out like this: The Department of Main Roads and Transport says it’s really the responsibility of the Cairns Regional Council, but that they have a re-design (from some earlier unrevealed concept?) which is causing unspecified delays.
Cairns council says it hasn’t seen any design yet, but is prepared to fix the current crossing if necessary after the wet season.
Based on advice given to him, Local state member David Kempton, who has been trying to get to the bottom of the whole