Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 5, 2004

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

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