Descer­a­tion out­rage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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

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