Ten years ago
Thursday, February 19, 2004
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.