Ten years ago
Thursday, Nov 27, 2003
Rugby fever overflowed in Port Douglas for the showdown between England and Australia on Saturday night. Crowd of colourful supporters spilled into the Court House and Central hotels in Port Douglas to watch the action unfold on the big screens. The $5 million off-the-plan sale of a beachfront apartment in Pacific Park, Port Douglas, last week has hit the record books. The unit is part of the Gecko development at the former Whispering Palms Resort site, and the sale has outstripped the fivestar Havana resort’s $2.85 million record in July for the sale of a penthouse.
Continual hold-ups preventing clean water flowing through Dougas shire taps has promted the visit of five senior engineers to the shire this week to carry out final tests on the new ultrafilteration water treatment plants. Douglas Shire Council chief executive officer Terry Melchert said he was ‘‘literally pushing’’ plant contractors Enviromental Solutions International to compete tests by the end of the year after months of delays. A Port Douglas based marine interpreter has already begun her mission to make the world a better place afer winning the national Eco Guide award. Fiona Sleight, a senior marine interpreter for Quicksilver Dive, said it was an ‘‘honour’’ to win the national award. A large group of illegal campers who have been drinking, lighting fires and fighting on Cooya Beach have upset residents who claim they are ‘‘flouting the etiquette of community living’’. At Monday’s meeting, Douglas Shire councillors considered a letter of complaint from a Bougainvillea St resident about unlawful camping problems on Cooya Beach.
Rowan Trewick led the junior khanacross field on Sunday in his Celica, coming first in the 1600cc-2 litre class. Revheads competed in the year’s last event in perfect weather.