Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 23, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A wave of al­co­hol-fu­elled in­ci­dents and at­tacks in Port Dou­glas has lo­cal po­lice con­cerned that the prob­lem will af­fect the tourist town’s rep­u­ta­tion. Port Dou­glas Po­lice Sergeant Andy Gra­ham said that the shout­ing, dam­age and drink-driv­ing as­so­ci­ated with al­co­hol-re­lated in­ci­dents was ‘‘re­ally be­com­ing an is­sue’’.

The Port Dou­glas Es­planade fronting fa­mous Four Mile Beach is set for a ma­jor face lift and will be trans­formed to a oneway street. Dou­glas Shire coun­cil­lors last week re­solved to spend $225,000 of the Divi­son 2 bud­get to re­design the south­ern end of the Es­planade. The Daintree Rain­for­est is set to re­ceive a higher pro­file now that in­ter­na­tion­ally­ac­claimed au­thor Bryce Courte­nay plans to write about the area. Courte­nay re­turned to the far north last Wed­nes­day for a tour of Daintree, Cape Tribu­la­tion and sur­round­ing ar­eas with Dou­glas Shire mayor Mike Ber­wick. A ban on am­pli­fied mu­sic be­ing played in Rex Smeal Park in Port Dou­glas was last week lifted by Port Dou­glas Shire coun­cil­lors. At last Thurs­day’s coun­cil meet­ing, not at­tended by Mayor Mike Ber­wick or Deputy Mayor David Egan, the re­main­ing coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously sup­ported a three-month trial pe­riod al­low­ing am­pli­fied mu­sic once a week un­til 10.30pm. In ex­cess of 400 com­peti­tors from Port Dou­glas through to Townsville will con­verge on Etty Bay to com­plete in the 2003 North Queens­land Branch Surf Life­sav­ing Cham­pi­onships this weekend. The car­ni­val is the last surf sport event planned for the branch be­fore the stinger sea­son sets in. A mass clean-up at Four Mile Beach on Sun­day was deemed a huge suc­cess by the Low Isles Perservation So­ci­ety, or­gan­is­ers of the event.

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