Ten years ago
Thursday, May 22, 2003
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.