Ten years ago
Thursday, November 20, 2003
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.