Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Novem­ber 13, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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