Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Sep 25, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

Dou­glas Shire Mayor Mike Ber­wick has back flipped on his pre­vi­ous stance to with­hold a por­tion of Area Pro­mo­tion Levy funds from Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree Tourism for coun­cil use. At Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, Cr Ber­wick sup­ported a PDDT re­quest to al­lo­cate all funds raised through the Area Pro­mo­tion Levy - es­ti­mated at $190,000 - to the as­so­ci­a­tion. Steps are be­ing taken to ad­dress the park­ing and ac­cess prob­lems at the Moss­man Gorge as the road to the pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion be­comes more con­gested each year. Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Terry Melchert said $20,000 had been al­lo­cated in the 2003-04 bud­get to en­gage a con­sul­tant to de­ter­mine the best op­tion to trans­port peo­ple to and from the gorge from Moss­man.

The ‘‘largest com­mu­nity in Aus­tralia on al­ter­na­tive en­ergy’’ deserves a State Govern­ment study to in­form over-the-Dain­tree River res­i­dents what al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources are avail­able, ac­cord­ing to two Dou­glas Shire coun­cil­lors. Coun­cil­lors Marj Nor­ris and Jo Dau plan to lobby the State Govern­ment to pro­vide fund­ing for a sur­vey of the state of al­ter­na­tive en­ergy on the Dain­tree Coast. An Aus­tralia-wide short­age of doc­tors is af­fect­ing the Dou­glas Shire Multi Pur­pose Health Ser­vice in Moss­man this week with only one re­lief doc­tor on duty and no backup. As a re­sult, the hos­pi­tal has can­celled all clin­ics, other than emer­gency and frac­ture clin­ics, un­til MPHS med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent Dr Luke Edwards re­turns from a con­fer­ence. Tiny Moss­man 10-year-old Isis Flynn-Pit­tar is the sec­ond-fastest 800m ath­lete in her age group in Aus­tralia. Isis took out the sil­ver medal in a per­sonal best time at the National Pri­mary Schools Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in Dar­win on Septem­ber 14.

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