10 years ago

June 14, 2007

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -


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.


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.

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