Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 2, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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