Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Nov 27, 2003

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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