Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE BIG Q & A WITH JIM GORMAN -

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

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