Ten years ago
Thursday, October 2, 2003
The 2003 tourism season has peaked at the weekend as the September school holidays created a tourist bonanza in Port Douglas, benefiting most of the shire. Port Douglas Daintree Tourism chairman David Brook said the last two weeks had been ‘‘sensational’’ in Port Douglas with interstate families filling accommodation, shops, tours and restaurants.
Negligible rainfall is causing pressure on shire water supply levels which is concerning Douglas Shire Council. Council is concerned at residents’ high water usage for their gardens which is draining reservoirs, particulary in Port Douglas. The Port Douglas Yacht Club was thrown a lifeline on Friday when the Douglas Shire Council voted to give the club a total reprieve on general rates. Last week the finacially- Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre volunteers are disappointed and upset that an intruder took 200 books from their community book shelf on Monday night. Acting supervisor Jane Evans said the book exchange outside the centre’s Nik Nak shed in Mudlo St operated on an honesty system. Wonga Beach State School student council’s proposal to paint over graffiti on the Snapper Island Drive bus shelter was turned down by Douglas Shire Council last week. The students wrote to the Douglas Shire Council asking for permission to paint a fish mural on the shelter which they said was presently ‘‘grubby, dull and unattractively painted with graffiti’’.
troubled club appealed to the council and the Department of Natural Resources for a reduction in rates and rent.
Perfect weather conditions and a large field of riders ensured the two-day gymkana was a success. Pony Club president Bubby Ottone said 83 zone 18 riders, aged from four years to over 50, attended the event.