Ten years ago
Thursday, October 16, 2003
Douglas Shire school principals have banded together to share their vision with the Douglas Shire Council to get students out in the community. In a deputation with councillors on Tuesday, seven local school principals as part of the Douglas Cluster of Schools proposed a re-haul of the Mossman High School, Mossman State School and TAFE into an educational precinct for students and the community. Final judging has been completed for the Douglas Shire Council Gardening Competition 2003 and the winners were announced late yesterday. Cairns-based Siteplan gardening consultant Anton van der Schans was the judge this year and spent Tuesday and Wednesday visiting 25 gardens throughout the Douglas Shire entered in nine categories of the gardening competition. Four Mile Beach will be the centre of attention this Sunday as part of a massive Clean-up Day staged by the Low Isles Preservation Society. The society is encouraging people to bring their hat, bucket, water and a smile to the clean-up day, with people to meet at 10.30am at the northern end of Four Mile Beach. Children in less-developed nations around the world will receive a specially-made package direct from Mossman this Christmas. Up to 165 shoeboxes were filled with Christmas presents as part of Christian aid organisation, Samaritan’s Purse, and sent overseas last week. The Mossman senior cricket team headed off against the Mareeba Indoor team on the weekend in the Tablelands competition. Mareeba battled first, losing some quick wickets to some good bowling performances from Mossman but eventually Mareeba won. The possibility of encountering snakes has risen with the temperatures and recent rain in the Douglas Shire and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers are advising residents to take precautions and learn about them. QPWS wildlife co-ordinator Jim Thomson said there had been an increase in reported sightings of snakes as they looked for mates and feed after the period of inactivity during winter.