Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 16, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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