Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 19, 2004

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

A pro­posal for a co­gen­er­a­tion plant at the Moss­man Cen­tral Mill is back on the draw­ing board. Dou­glas Shire Mayor Mike Ber­wick and coun­cil’s CEO Terry Melchert trav­elled to Can­berra last Thurs­day to seek per­mis­sion from the Aus­tralian Green­house Of­fice to use part of a $ 7.35 mil­lion Green­house Gas Abate­ment Pro­gram grant for co­gen­er­a­tion rather than ethanol.

Wonga Beach res­i­dents have ral­lied against a pro­posed res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion which plans to ex­pand their neigh­bour­hood by 31 new houses. FNQ De­vel­op­ments ap­plied to the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil last week for a ma­te­rial change of use to sub­di­vide 12,460sq m into 21 res­i­den­tial A al­lot­ments op­po­site the Wonga Beach State School on the cor­ner of Snap­per Is­land Dve and Giblin St. Plans for the Gar­den of Erub, an indige­nous ma­rine in­ter­pre­ta­tive cen­tre, have been re­floated un­der the name of Co­ral Sea Call­ing. Co­ral Sea Call­ing pro­po­nent, Win­birra En­ter­prises di­rec­tor Ric Steven­son, said the for­mer Quick­sil­ver pon­toon was about to be trans­formed into a huge float­ing aquar­ium to op­er­ate from the Ma­rina Mi­rage, Port Dou­glas. A fence will be erected around the new Port Dou­glas Rugby Union oval to pre­vent van­dal­ism of the field. The club had spent $5000 top-dress­ing the field in early Jan­uary to pre­pare it for this sea­son’s matches, when van­dals churned up the oval by driv­ing a ve­hi­cle on it.

Port Dou­glas Real Es­tate agent Tim Fer­rier was or­dered to pay al­most $350,000 to the liq­uida­tors of Ri­aps Pty Ltd (de­vel­op­ers of La Paci­fique, now New­port on Macrossan St) in the Cairns Supreme Court on Fe­bru­ary 6. Wet weather has washed out re­cent Port Dou­glas Yacht Club sail­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with only one boat cruis­ing last Wed­nes­day.

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