Ten years ago

Thurs­day, May 15, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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..

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