Ten years ago
Thursday, March 13,2003
A PORT Douglas doctor has appealed to all Douglas Shire residents to be vigilant in protecting themselves from dengue fever, following an outbreak in Cairns last week which is making its way north. General practitioner Dr Jacqui Reid said the Douglas Shire could be on the verge of an outbreak, after a man who attended her practice was found to have the disease. Douglas Shire Council is putting together a strategy for the oil palms lining Port Douglas Rd with one option being to remove the palms because of the high cost of maintenance. Mayor Mike Berwick told councillors at Monday’s Engineering and Parks Services meeting that he did not think the palms had a ‘‘really longterm future’’.
The positioning of public toilets at the western precinct of the Daintree Ferry remained undecided on Monday after a lengthy debate over the future of the area at a Douglas Shire Council meeting. The loo with a view of the Daintree River through windows in its eight cubicles was especially designed for a waterfront position in the western precinct.
The luckiest man in Port Douglas has chosen to remain anonymous after receiving the news he won $630,000 in Saturday night’s Gold Lotto. The tour operator, whose address is listed as North Queensland, bought the ticket at the Port Douglas Newsagency and had no idea he had won until he received a call from Golden Casket while driving his car. The 130 television crew and contestants of Camp Molloy - a survivor-like Norwegian and Swedish reality television series - wrapped up filming in Mt Molloy on Friday. Winners from both countries have been decided, but producers are keeping the results a closely guarded secret for fear of spoiling the surprise for viewers in their homeland.