Ten years ago
Thursday, February 26, 2004
The Douglas Shire Council will dip into its emergency funds and allocate $300,000 to investigate how the Mossman Central Mill could become secure and profitable. Following an intensive weekend workshop, Douglas shire councillors resolved to pledge the money for an analysis of viable options. The cruise ship industry has its sights set on Port Douglas with P&O Cruises planning to bring 16 ships to visit from October 2004 to April 2005. P&O Cruises managing director Gavin Smith said the cruise ship stopovers would inject about $8 million into the local economy.
The Douglas Shire Council Port Douglas Esplanade plan could be overturned today if Mayor Mike Berwick’s plan to rescind the approval is adopted. The plan for stage one of the redevelopment was approved in a five- to-one vote in October. But a 200-strong protest in a Mowbray St park on February 4, against the park being converted to a car park, resulted in Cr Berwick submitting a notice of motion last Thursday for councillors to reassess the approval. A proposal for Cooya Beach’s first childcare centre and shopping complex which will contain a mini-mart, video store, takeaway and bottle store, is now open for public submissions. Owners of the 4087sq m site fronting Cooya Beach Rd and Palm st, G&M Fitzgerald, are requesting a material change of use for the childcare centre and shopping centre. The under 18 Country North versus Country South AFL match in Cairns on the weekend has led to bigger things for Port Douglas Crocs players Toby Petrack and Lee Smith. Petrack and Smith were selected for the 2004 Australian Post under 18 Country Kookaburras side after playing in the curtain raiser of the AFL Wizard Cup match between Geelong and Port Adelaide at Bundaberg Stadium in Cairns on Saturday night.