Ten years ago

Thurs­day, March 20, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LETTERS -

A Ger­man film com­pany brought a dose of soap opera love to Silky Oaks Heal­ing Wa­ters and Spa on Tues­day dur­ing film­ing of the Ger­man ver­sion of The Love Boat - Das Traum­schiff or Dream Boat. The show - which will air in Ger­many, Aus­tria and Switzer­land on De­cem­ber 26 and Jan­uary 1 - is the story of a man who es­capes from Ger­many to be­come a farmer in Queens­land. The pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show added the Moss­man Gorge to its ex­otic lo­ca­tions which have in­cluded Poly­ne­sia and Las Ve­gas, US. Dou­glas Shire Mayor Mike Ber­wick is call­ing on Dou­glas Shire res­i­dents to ‘‘ex­press their views’’ on how a Dain­tree Ferry Levy should be im­ple­mented fol­low­ing a coun­cil de­ci­sion last Thurs­day to charge $4-per­ve­hi­cle for the con­tro­ver­sial levy.

The driver of a de­liv­ery truck who rolled his ve­hi­cle in Craiglie on the Cap­tain Cook High­way was ‘‘very lucky’’ to es­cape un­scathed from the over turned , ac­cord­ing to Port Dou­glas Po­lice con­sta­ble Donna Brother­ton. The sin­gle-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent, which oc­curred on Mon­day at about 10.15am, left the de­liv­ery truck ly­ing on its side across the high­way and re­stricted traf­fic flow for about two hours. Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil will carry out a traf­fic safety au­dit of Dou­glas Shire roads which have been sin­gled out by the Moss­man Cen­tral Mill for B-dou­ble use. The mill is this year chang­ing its haulage from semi­trail­ers to B-dou­bles - trucks with two trail­ers - which mill man­ager Alan Johnstone said would re­duce op­er­at­ing costs and freight costs. Port Dou­glas mu­si­cian Graeme Spark will re­visit his days as a Hawthorn full-for­ward this Fri­day when he per­forms at the Hawthorn Hall of Fame func­tion. Af­ter sev­eral re­serves games at the start of 1976, Spark was pro­moted to the Hawthorn se­niors where he kicked three goals in two games but knee in­juries ended his ca­reer.

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