10 years ago
June 14, 2007
Six tourism stall holders who have operated an illegal “shanty town” on the southern shore of the Daintree River for the past 15 years want answers from the Douglas Shire Council about their future. The stall holders - who have never paid rates or fees despite repeated pleas to be legally recognised - had their last hopes dashed when council voted to ditch the Daintree Gateway master plan.
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Local fishers have been knocked back again on their plea to stop Grey Mackerel netting in local waters. More than 60 people turned up meet with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries to discuss the issue. The department once again turned down the call for a ban on commercial offshore gill netting in waters near the Shire.
The 22point plan submitted by Douglas Shire Council to the State Government outlining why it should not be sacked has struck out at first base. Three months after council was served with a “show-cause” notice by Minister for Local Governmnet, Andrew Fraser, council has failed to deliver on 13 key promises.
Douglas Shire’s annual cane harvest season will kick off this week, with the first bin due to be tipped either on Monday or Tuesday. After a busy off-season, Mossman Central Mill general manager Alan Johnstone said everything was ready to go in the processing plant. The mill has its sights on crushing 550,000 tonne this year.