Ten years ago

Thurs­day, March 27,2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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