10 years ago
August 9, 2007
NOT HAPPY JASON:
Douglas Shire Mayor Mike Berwick has welcomed Prime Minister John Howard’s offer of Commonwealth assistance to help local councils dispute forced amalgamations, but admits he fears the exercise may simply unleash a toothless tiger. Mr Howard announced the federal government would pay for amalgamation referendums for councils on the same day that the historic legislation cutting the State’s number of councils from 156 to 72 was introduced to parliament.
MOTOR CLUB CRACKDOWN:
Renegade hoons who are illegally using a leased sports track at Miallo have forced the local motorsports association to crack down on security to the property and review its memberships’ use of the facility. Secretary Tony Fox said the association was concerned some members had been using – and abusing – the track and the land around it.
A bomb threat as the Port Douglas and District Combined Clubs has become the subject of a major investigation by Mossman Police. A telephone threat advising there was a bomb in the building was received by the club. The police were notified and the entire area – packed with patrons – was evacuated.
MILL TO RECEIVE $1M:
Mossman’s sugar industry has received a financial sweetener of nearly $1m to assist in diversifying the sugar products coming out of the local area. General manager of Mossman Central Mill, Alan Johnstone, said two funding projects would provide continued momentum for the sugar industry.