Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Sept 18, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Dressed in their tra­di­tional fin­ery, Janet Dock­rill, Grace Stemp and Sarah Van Hooren danced in cel­e­bra­tion of Pa­pua New Guinea In­de­pen­dence Day on Tues­day. The three ladies are start­ing a dance group to cel­e­brate dance and share their cul­ture - and ev­ery­one is in­vited to join.

Ar­chi­tects Gary Hunt and Part­ners have been given ap­proval by the plan­ning and En­vi­ro­ment Court in Cairns to build Pat­ter­go­rang, a seven detached mul­ti­pled­welling com­plex on Flagstaff Hill. Af­ter lengthy ne­go­ti­a­tions with Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil, Mr Hunt, on be­half of his Syd­ney­based client, late last year ap­pealed the coun­cil’s orig­i­nal de­ci­cion to re­ject the lux­ury de­vel­op­ment and the court re­cently handed down its rul­ing.

The smoke stack let off steam again at Moss­man Cen­tral Mill as mill work­ers re­turned to work last week af­ter a three-day strike. Work­ers and man­age­ment came to an in- prin­ci­ple agree­ment on wage in­creases, stand downs and re­dun­dancy pack­ages af­ter a meet­ing at the mill on Sun­day. Lo­cal fire­fight­ers averted a po­ten­tial disas­ter at Cas­sowary on Mon­day when they ex­tin­guished a grass fire be­fore it reached a fuel bowser. Moss­man and Port Dou­glas Queens­land Fire and Res­cue branches along with Cas­sowary aux­il­iary fire­fight­ers had the blaze un­der con­trol in about 20 min­utes.

The Port Dou­glas touch footy sea­son is warm­ing up with or­gan­is­ers call­ing on peo­ple to nom­i­nate a team. Port Dou­glas Touch Football com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Jonothan Hardy said fol­low­ing the suc­cess of last year’s touch football com­pe­ti­tion, he de­cided to hold a 10-week com­pe­ti­tion again this year to be played ev­ery Tues­day from Oc­to­ber 7-De­cem­ber 9.

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