10 years ago

Au­gust 9, 2007

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS | OPINION -


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.


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.


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.

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