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  • Port Douglas and Douglas News and Events
  • Port Douglas and Douglas News and Events
  • Port Douglas and Douglas News and Events

OPINION: The only way to get worthwhile tax reform in Australia is for Labor to get a bit smarter. Alas, Labor seems to get itself constantly wedged by the Abbott Government. By CRISPIN HULL

OPINION: Past champions view this tournament as the one to win. It has tradition, charm, elegance, prestige and is generally accepted as the home of tennis. By Howard Salkow

Newsport contributor Crispin Hull weighs in on the absurdity of the government's Infrastructure Australia Audit.

Financial expert Roger Ward weighs in on how a plan by the big banks to limit the growth of the Sydney and Melbourne property boom could have disastrous implications for the Port Douglas and Cairns real estate markets.



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The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (QPWS) says it has no plans to shorten the much loved Dubuji Boardwalk in the Daintree National Park.

Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal (Sea and Rainforest Dreaming) will feature work by 10 Queensland Indigenous designers showcased at CIAF on Friday 31 July.

Whilst they may not be here in person the sound of these prolific and influential composers will be heard from inside the historic St Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday 6th August 2015.

Superyacht Vegas arrived at the Reef Marina yesterday morning making this the first arrival since the new expansion.

The new $200 million Building our Regions Regional Infrastructure Fund (Building our Regions) is targeted at local government critical infrastructure projects. 

Over a two day workshop organised by Mossman High School teacher Elliot Davidson, year 10 students had an opportunity to experience what is involved when the director shouts “lights, camera, action”.

Now in it’s sixth year, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair will showcase Queensland’s outstanding artists to the world.

A small remote community bordering the Bloomfield River is concerned about the privatisation of the Bloomfield River wharf putting Douglas Shire residents on the south side of the river at risk.

We were at Guantanamo Bay (on the Cuban side) on Monday, the day that the US and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic relations with a ceremony in Havana, on the opposite side of the island.

Organised by Jess Lea, social co-ordinator, the purpose of such an event is not only to host a lovely day for the ladies, but to also encourage them to be part of the Crocs as avid supporters.

On Friday 24th July, 100 VIP guests including cover girls and local celebrities from the previous Issues enjoyed catching up at the Newsport Offices .....

While former Miss Universe Olivia Wells has returned to the southern winter in Melbourne, she says Port Douglas holds a very special place in her heart.

Having just competed in the Carnivale  Australian Yabusame Tournament placing 3rd overall and 1st for Australia, Sophie prepares for her next Port Douglas event the inaugural Beach Picnic Races to be held on the 8th August on Four Mile Beach.

Enjoy the moment the world's most respected naturalist says that our region is the most extraordinary place in the world.

Contributor HOWARD SALKOW takes us on a historical voyage up a coconut tree and despite some of the evidence; we must never overlook the fact that coconuts are very much about who we are.

After a very successful online launch the 2015 Douglas Business and Tourism Awards official physical voting forms are now available and can be collected from the Newsport office.

The memorial to the 20 or more women, children and men who were hanged or died in jail in the early 1690s in Salem just outside Boston is simple and unusual.

Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), Douglas Shire Council (DSC), Queensland Police Service (QPS) as well as PDSS Parent and Carers met this afternoon ......

Congratulations to Liz Showniruk who has won DAB's 2015 Mid-year Exhibition People's Choice Award for her acrylic painting "Noli's House". 

Board announces tenders soon to be sought for master planning. With the strong support and much anticipated development of the Mossman Botanic Garden Project, momentum continues. 

While the Forensic Crash Unit continue to investigate a serious traffic crash that occurred on Mowbray River Road on the 5th July, nine days later another serious crash occurred on the same stretch of road.

The Honourable Curtis Pitt MP Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships handed down the Palaszczuk Government’s first State Budget forecasting a $6.9 billion in surpluses over the next four years. 

Community consultation on the DSC Draft Coconut Management Plan closed Monday (20/7) and letters to the editor indicate the community are not satisfied with what has been presented.

“How to make more money selling your business than running it” is a workshop that is being run by Sam Harrop on how to best prepare your business for sale.

Work will commence at Cairns Airport from Monday, 20 July on a major taxiway upgrade project within the airside network. The project is expected to run through until December. 

After fighting off a shark while competing in the World Surf League final in South Africa the ‘Mick Fanning’ brand has gone up considerably and he may be fighting off more sharks than he bargained for.

Channel 10s popular MasterChef Australia program took on a 60s look earlier this week when the wannabe chefs were forced to respond to masterchef Marco Pierre White in a way disciplinarians of the day demanded of their pupils.

The endangered Southern Cassowary is one of the most recognisable icons of the Wet Tropics region and is considered a ‘keystone’ species for their role in dispersing rainforest seeds and maintaining biodiversity.

Since 27th June, Port Douglas has hosted the world’s largest inflatable water slide at three stories high, 54 metres long with three slide chute options in Reynolds Park, and it certainly is hard to miss.

When the Department National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPRSR) planned to shorten the much loved Dubuji Boardwalk in the Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation locals decided to take action.

A Spectacular Picnic Horse Racing Event is about to hit the glorious shores of Port Douglas Four Mile Beach for the first time - Date claimer 8th August – mark it in your diaries. PLAY VIDEO --

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