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Oc­to­ber 27, 2005

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

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”.

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