Ten years ago
Thursday, February 5, 2004
The dream of buying back the Daintree Rainforest came a step closer to reality on Friday when Queensland Premier Peter Beattie made an election promise of $5 million to purchase free hold land north of the Daintree River. Mr Beattie said, ‘‘The $5 million will go towards the purchase of privatelyowned subdivision blocks whose development would damage the intergrity of the World Heritage environment.’’
More than 200 people protested in a Mowbray St park yesterday at Douglas Shire Council’s plans to convert the park to a parking lot as part of the Port Douglas Esplanade upgrade. Protesters waved banners, moved a motion against the council’s Esplanade plan, and spoke out against the majority vote by Douglas Shire councillors While many local businesses have placed the ‘‘Gone Fishing’’ sign on the door for the month of February, the local tourism industry is predicting a bumper season for 2004. Port Douglas Daintree Tourism chairman David Brook said accommodation occupancy in the Port Douglas area was down ‘‘around 30 per cent’’ and below which was normal for February, traditionally the quietest business month of the year for the Douglas Shire. The Port Douglas Daintree Tourism executive hopes members will line up for election to the PDDT board as the association restructures under the leadership of new general manager Jeff Dermann. A pro-active approach to marketing, office efficiency, a marketing stratergy, member friendly software, a new location and a new car are all new initiatives for the association.
last Wednesday to proceed with its approved design for the Port Douglas Esplanade.