Ten years ago

Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 26, 2004

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

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