Ten years ago
Thursday, Sep 25, 2003
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.