Ten years ago

Thurs­day, March 13,2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LETTERS -

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.

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