Ten years ago

Thurs­day, May 22, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

CAR­NI­VALE be­gan with a bang in Port Dou­glas last Fri­day with masked rev­ellers flock­ing to the first fes­tive event. Masks were the theme of the night at the Car­ni­vale launch, Sun­set Cock­tails in Mas­quer­ade, at the old Port Dou­glas Sugar Wharf and the Cel­e­brat­ing North Queens­land Art Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Port Dou­glas Gallery of Fine Art on Mon­day when par­ty­go­ers turned out in weird and won­der­ful dis­guises. Far North Queens­land tourism rep­re­sen­ta­tives have com­mit­ted to work with the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil over Con­ser­va­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Man­age­ment Fee is­sues. The Dain­tree Rain­for­est Foun­da­tion, Aus­tralian Rain­for­est Foun­da­tion and five Far North tourism bod­ies met re­cently with coun­cil­lors to air con­cerns

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch has been ac­cused of giv­ing pref­er­en­tial treat­ment to a Cairns-based ra­dio sta­tion in an­nounc­ing $27,768 fund­ing for the sta­tion to ex­tend its cov­er­age to Moss­man. Crit­ics claim Mr Entsch has a con­flict of in­ter­est as he has a reg­u­lar Tues­day morn­ing seg­ment on the ra­dio sta­tion. Dou­glas Sail­ing Club races off Four Mile Beach were thwarted by millpond con­di­tions on Sun­day, but sailors en­joyed a leisurely sail in­stead. Sev­eral lo­cal sailors re­laxed af­ter their wins at the state ti­tles at Lake Cooroibah at Easter - Mal Richard­son and Gor­don Beath in Ice placed first in the F18 Class; Luke McMullen and Ben Blanken­berg in Thing placed third in the F18s and Ja­son Bennet on BCR placed sec­ond in the 16sq race. Up to 33 lo­cal kids were taken fish­ing in per­fect weather as part of Take a Kid Fish­ing Day last week­end. Not many fish were caught, but they all took home a me­mento.

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