Ten years ago
Thursday, November 13, 2003
About 45 people gathered at the Mossman cenotaph to mark the 85th Remembrance Day to honour the more than 102,000 Australians who gave their lives serving in wars, conflicts and peace operations. Douglas Shire Mayor Mike Berwick adressed the gathering of Returned Services and League, council officers and councillors, Mossman State High School students, St Augustine’s School students and respectful citizens. A series of thefts in the past three weeks have hampered the Water Quality Improvement Program being conducted throughout Douglas Shire Council. Projects manager Peter Bradley said three solar panels had been stolen from three water monitoring stations. ‘‘We have seven of these stations located throughout the shire and the thefts are now getting out of hand,’’ Mr Bradley said.
Douglas Shire Council has taken its first step to acquiring land north of the Daintree River under its controversial buy- back scheme and has already encountered obstacles. Since its introduction in July, the Conservations and Infrastructure Management Fund (for buy-back and infrastructure) has collected $165,417 through increased fares on the Daintree Ferry, levied against visitors. The management of coconut palms in the shire remains an ongoing dispute despite the recent release of the Dougla Shire Council Draft Report on Coconut Management Plan. Local residents group Preserve Our Palms claims ‘‘The plan does not reassure residents that council is serious about maintaining and protecting coconut palms’’. Golfers played the final round of the men’s four ball best ball championship at the Mossman Golf Club on Saturday. Predictably the game of mountain man Russel Jeffrey fell in a heap. His partner Bill Everingham had to fire up to allow the pair to reach the play off.