Ten years ago
Thursday, March 27,2003
Douglas Shire Council confirmed on Monday it had the power to charge a Conservation and Infrastructure Management Levy on the Daintree Ferry which could be implemented as soon as July 1. Councillors have reserved their vote on the $4-per-vehicle levy until today’s council meeting. The death of a seven-year-old boy stung by a box jellyfish at Wongaling Beach, near Mission Beach, last weekend, has prompted local lifesavers to keep a keener eye out for the deadly menace. Lifeguards say conditions have been ripe for an influx of box jellyfish and they have netted several specimens in the past two weeks off Four Mile Beach. An application for the development of one of Port Douglas’s biggest residential subdivisions has been put on hold by Douglas Shire councillors. Councillors adjourned all discussion and have requested more information about the 17.15ha block at the entrance to Port Douglas fronting Port Douglas Rd, Capt Cook Hwy and Old Port Rd. The Port Douglas Reef Raiders kicked off their season with an encouraging performance against the Barron Trinity Bulldogs in oppressive conditions at the Port Douglas Sports Complex on Saturday. Although limited to a squad of 19 due to work commitments and players injury, the Raiders went down to their opposing squad of 41 players by only three points, 15-12.
Port Douglas Village Carnivale will be launched next Wednesday with much fanfare at a special promotion to attract media attention on a Quicksilver Wavepiercer in Cairns.