Ten years ago
Thursday, May 15, 2003
Local reaction to the budget announced by Federal Government Treasurer Peter Costello on Tuesday night has thus far been positive. The main benefits for the Douglas Shire have been identified as initiatives for an ethanol industry and protection of wetlands bordering the Great Barrier Reef. The future of the shire’s Area Promotion Levy was top of the agenda at a Douglas Shire Council deputation on Monday between councillors and Port Douglas Daintree Tourism. Council had recently called for a review of the shire-wide levy, collected by promotion of the Douglas Shire, in the lead-up to this year’s budget. Plans for the Four Mile Beach Esplanade upgrade have been released by Douglas Shire Council which is calling for public comments on the proposals. At a recent general council meeting, councillors chose two of five redevelopment options to go on public display. The future of a ranger position on Low Isles off Port Douglas was clarified by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority chairwoman Virginia Chadwick during her recent visit to the Douglas Shire. Ms Chadwick said GBRMPA would soon call for expressions of interest for an honorary caretaker/ranger position for the island. Local swimmer Mandy Paterson, 14, made swimming history for Mossman recently, claiming the title as the fourth-fastest female 200m freestyle swimmer in Australia in her age group and seventh-fastest in Australia in 100m freestyle. Mandy achieved these places at the Fisher and Paykel Australian Age championships held in Brisbane from April 26-30. The Stihl Douglas United premier men’s soccer team remains in fourth place in Far North Soccer League after a 3-1 victory against the Stratford Dolphins..