Ten years ago
Thursday, October 23, 2003
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.