Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Novem­ber 20, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A lo­cal vic­tim of drink spik­ing in Port Dou­glas is warn­ing other women to be aware of the dan­ger in lo­cal clubs and pubs. The 21-year-old Swedish woman, who is stay­ing with a lo­cal fam­ily and wishes to re­main anony­mous, said her drink was spiked on Satur­day night just min­utes af­ter she ar­rived at a Port Dou­glas ho­tel to watch the World Cup rugby match be­tween Aus­tralia and New Zealand and the drink never left her hand.

An es­ti­mated 40 per cent in­crease in caseloads this year for Dou­glas Shire am­bu­lance ser­vice was ev­i­dent on Sun­day. Port Dou­glas and Moss­man am­bu­lance of­fi­cers were kept busy at­tend­ing six emer­gency calls over two hours from 3.30 to 5.30pm. Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil has re­quested more in­for­ma­tion from the Liquor Li­cens­ing Di­vi­sion af­ter an ap­pli­ca­tion to play am­pli­fied mu­sic, seven days a week, was granted for a ‘‘tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion area’’ of Port Dou­glas. On Oc­to­ber 20, the LLD granted Par­rot­fish Lodge Back­packer Hos­tel a 12-month trial to play am­pli­fied mu­sic from 10am un­til mid­night, Mon­day to Sun­day, de­spite ob­jec­tions from Coun­cil and Port Dou­glas res­i­dents. The count down is on from the an­nounce­ment of out­stand­ing sport­ing achiev­ers of the Dou­glas Shire. All will be re­vealed at a gala event at the in­au­gu­ral Dou­glas Shire Sports Achieve­ment Awards at Ry­dges Reef Re­sort in Port Dou­glas on Novem­ber 28. Event or­gan­iser David Evans said judges Andy Smith, Me­gan Pat­ter­son and Ian Wil­mott had al­ready se­lected best se­nior male, best se­nior fe­male, best ju­nior male and fe­male, coach of the year and be­hind the scenes achiever.

The Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil last week missed pur­chas­ing a par­cel of land ear­marked as the first block to buy back for con­ser­va­tion, but is now in the fi­nal stages of ne­go­ti­at­ing to buy a nearby block.

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