There are 27 vacant shops plus more empty offices in Mossman, rents are considerably cheaper than Cairns.
Ms Lui, I have a shop in Mossman, it was rented by an organisation looking after Indigenous people, offering reading and computer skills, everyday social skills and helping them into the workforce.
The government cut funding and the property has been vacant for in excess of 12 months. As a token of goodwill you may lease this office for six months rent free, just pay rates and electricity.
At end of six months or before taking over for a further period we can work out future rent, then again if you go to Cairns you might not need an office after the next election.
JOHN CARNEY, Port Douglas.
I WISH to extend my sincere thanks to the doctors and staff at the Mossman and Cairns Base Hospital for my stay there in the week leading up to Christmas.
To paramedics and Chrissy and nurse Anne, who accompanied patients from Mossman to Cairns Base, for their professionalism and caring in getting us into a bed there around 2.30pm after a much earlier arrival. Thank you.
To all the nurses, especially Nester McConachie, a very special thanks for your care and continued concern when I discharged myself. Thank you.
Entering one hospital, getting transferred to another further away then having to find one’s own way home with no public transport must really do more damage to a person’s health. THANKS for everyone’s patience while waiting for my new book, Surviving Paradise, to arrive from the printers.
After a ‘book launch without the actual book’ just before Christmas, copies arrived the following week, held up by storms, internet and power outages.
The book is full of stories told by Douglas locals about growing up and living in the tropics and overcoming hardships, while enjoying our region.
It’s available from the Port Douglas Court House Museum, which is now open after the holidays on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Legislation needs to be passed to allow ambulances to backload if available, especially when no other public transport is available.
BOB POLLOCK, Mossman.
It’s also at Mossman newsagency and Whileaway bookshop in Port Douglas.
Thanks to everyone once again for supporting the collection of local history.
There were gifts for all and the 20 volunteers who came to assist on the day did a wonderful job making everyone feel welcome and assisting with the preparation, serving and cleaning up.
The day would not be possible without the commitment and generosity of volunteers.
I would like to particularly mention the 11 volunteers who assisted with the setting up of the Shire Hall during the tropical deluge on Christmas Eve.
Thank you so much to these people; Ramesh and Sunil Raju, Mandy and David White, Neil Jabs, Jason Renton, Tim Glover and the volunteer committee members. The weather conditions made the set up very challenging and your time and support is greatly acknowledged.
Also a big thanks to the volunteer committee; Christine Price, Anne Lloyd, Peter Lloyd and Kerrie Secker for all the time and effort you put towards making the Community Christmas Lunch a fabulous event and one that many people in our community talk about and look forward to going to each year.
The feedback from the community has been very positive.
We would like to thank the Douglas Shire Council for providing in-kind and financial support for this event and acknowledge the following businesses and individuals for their generous donation and contribution: Anglican Church, Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Farm, Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture, IGA Port Douglas, Mocka Pies, Mossman Bakery, Mossman Bowls Club, Mossman Print, Port Douglas & District Combined Club, QITE, Rotary Club, Yum Yums and Lesley Shorten.
During the lead up to Christmas, the Mossman Community Centre traditionally receives many donations, which are made available to community members in need.
Thank you to those individuals and families who delivered donations to the Centre, your thought and generosity is appreciated.
These events typically involve many people and my apologies if I have forgotten anyone.
JILL BRADLEY, community development officer