10 years ago
October 27, 2005
GOLF DAY: The Mossman Golf Club Charity Day sprang a few surprises this year with some of the Douglas Shire’s most prominent residents donning their craziest outfits for a day of fun and frivolity on Friday. There was Santa Claus and his helpers, hoola girls and even a team dressed in Swan Lake theme. But there was a serious side to the day with more than 138 players helping raise just over $10,000.
RYDGES CLOSES DOORS: Rydges Reef Resort will close its doors on December 1, leaving 90 staff, including casuals, to consider their future livelihoods. Resort owners and partners - the KFP Property Group and Selpam Group - made the decision last Tuesday to close the resort for 12-18 months to carry out a $57 million refurbishment. Staff were notified of the closure via notices posted around the resort.
GOOD SEASON: Sugar can growers across Douglas Shire are breathing a sigh of relief as a successful crushing season draws to a close and the outlook for the industry over the next three to five years brightens. Mossman Central Mill chairman Bill PhilipsTurner said the 2005 crush is due to finish on November 9 and is due to exceed the original estimate by about 16,000 tonne. Recent figures suggest a total of 536,000 tonne of cane will be crushed and sugar cane content will average of 12.7 per cent for the season.
INEXCUSABLE EVENT: Local environmental group, Douglas Shire Sustainability Group has labelled Juniper’s illegal clearing of coconut trees at Coconut Grove as an “inexcusable event”.