Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 9, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A se­cu­rity meet­ing planned for Port Dou­glas be­tween US and Aus­tralian de­fence and for­eign af­fairs gov­ern­ment heads has been can­celled. An Aus­tralian Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs spokes­woman said the meet­ing, planned for Oc­to­ber 20-21 at the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Port Dou­glas would not go ahead be­cause of US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Bush’s co­in­cid­ing visit to Aus­tralia.

Judges at the Moss­man Mu­sic Fes­ti­val tal­ent quest were im­pressed with the qual­ity of per­for­mances from more than 50 en­trants on Satur­day. Fes­ti­val chair­man David Egan said the four sea­soned judges who came from Townsville gave the en­trants a ‘‘very, very en­cour­ag­ing’’ re­port card and urged them to seek per­sonal feed­back on their per­for­mances. Deal­ing with a child’s drug use is the topic of a new free course - Par­ents, Kids and Drugs - at the Moss­man Multi Pur­pose Health Cen­tre. Course or­gan­iser Anni Kerr said the five-week course would cover dif­fer­ent topics at each two-and-a-half hour ses­sion.

Port Dou­glas Surf Life­sav­ing Club mem­bers’ out­stand­ing tal­ent shone through at the Surf Life­sav­ing Car­ni­val at Palm Cove on Sun­day. Al­though com­pet­ing against much big­ger clubs, Port Dou­glas was able to im­prove on pre­vi­ous re­sults and fin­ish third in ju­niors and mas­ters, fourth in the se­niors and third over­all.

Ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing the kitchen sink was sold at the Va­ca­tion Vil­lage auc­tion on Port Dou­glas Rd on Tues­day. More than 230 peo­ple, mostly lo­cal res­i­dents, turned out for the auc­tion of 17 hol­i­day villa con­tents and fit­tings.

Dou­glas Shire youths mixed up in crime have the chance to re­ceive help thanks to a $20,843 Depart­ment of Fam­i­lies grant. The Time Out Youth Cen­tre in Moss­man has ben­e­fited from the fund­ing.

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