Today:  Wed 27 May

Australian TV icons Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson and Richard Wilkins brought Port Douglas to a national audience this morning, hosting a live broadcast of the 'Today' show in front of St Mary's Church.

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

Bill Shorten needs to focus on constructive economic reform and not simply aping Tony Abbott's style of attacking everything while making himself a small target, writes Crispin Hull.

Australians shouldn't be illegally downloading small-studio movies like Dallas Buyers Club, but they will if they don't have the same opportunities as overseas consumers, writes Crispin Hull.

Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk appears to prefer to risk a by-election in Cook rather than have an unpredictable Independent, Billy Gordon, who was dumped by the ALP for not disclosing to the party his prior convictions and the domestic violence order against him.

Will Devlin weighs in on how we here in the middle of a Far North Queensland summer could help those enduring winter in a Syrian refugee camp. 

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Submissions are open for a proposal to name a headland in the Daintree after local sailing legend Len Foxcroft.

The occupant of a white ute has been killed after the vehicle collided with a tree while travelling northward at about 2pm.

Check how all the action from the first weekend of Carnivale 2015 has turned out - from street parades to horse archery to motorised esky racing. It's all here.

Talented performers will show audiences what they've got at Carnivale's Street Art Music Festival, on right now at Port Village Shopping Centre.

Eskies with engines - what could go wrong? The eyes of the nation were fixed on Port Douglas for the inaugural World Motorised Esky Racing Championships for Carnivale over the weekend. See how they went here.

The fight against Yellow Crazy Ants is being stepped up as Wet Tropics Management forms community task forces.

Douglas Shire Council wants all the ladies of the region to get out and try free yoga, tai chi and exercise classes.

Want to see hot food served at the Port Douglas Markets? Now's your chance to tell council. 

Two hunky stars of the hit TV show Bondi Rescue will join Miss World Australia Courtney Thorpe in filming a television special throughout Far North Queensland, including Port Douglas, Daintree and the Bloomfield Track.

A British traveller has captured footage of a large crocodile just off Oak Beach.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is working to address the growing problem of obesity in Indigenous communities.

Douglas Shire Council is seeking community feedback on planned upgrades to Front Street in Mossman.

Swimmers and sunbathers alike are taking advantage of glorious conditions at Four Mile Beach after stinger nets were taken in over the weekend.

Draw your sword, saddle your horse and mount up. The Knights of Camelot are coming to Carnivale. 

Independent power producer Ratch Australia told a Senate committee in Cairns today that it expects to spend up to $90 million in the Tablelands region developing the Mount Emerald Wind Farm near Mareeba.

Winners of the Most Popular and Panel Best Photo Competition for April hasve been decided. Thank you for all who entered. We look forward to your May photos. The May theme is 'Carnivale'

Breakfast news program Today will be broadcasting live from Port Douglas next week after high-profile anchor Karl Stefanovic sampled Douglas Shire's tourism offerings. See the details here.

Legendary Australian stage performer Carlotta, known as the Queen of the Cross, will once again grace the stage at Port Douglas's Clink Theatre over the weekend.

Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed a deal on a renewable energy targets.

Dramatic scenes in Cape Tribulation over the weekend as an emergency rescue helicopter was deployed to search for three missing British hikers lost on Mt Sorrow. 

Douglas Shire Council will ease pressures on small businesses and the environment by reducing fees after a special meeting on Friday.

Daintree farmers have come out on top in Mackay Sugar's latest productivity awards on Friday night.

Mossman State High School work experience student Brodey Taylor relates his experiences in the simultaneously ancient and futuristic nation of Japan. 

Newsport's Most Popular Photo Competition is now on with voting opening on the Newsport Facebook Page.

Douglas Shire Council CEO Linda Cardew has handed down a progress report of coucil's projects and activities over the last six weeks.

Port Douglas Reef Marina's major expansion is well underway with the installation of new berths designed to take superyachts, with major economic benefits expected for Douglas Shire as a result.

Japanese horse archers, medieval jousters and more will wow crowds on Port Douglas's iconic Four Mile Beach for Carnivale 2015. 

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu has welcomed the expansion of the Port Douglas Reef Marina, which is designed to draw in more superyachts and boost economic activity the region.

Want to wave imperiously down on your minions in the Port Douglas Carnivale 2015 Street Parade? Look no further.

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has slammed former Douglas Shire mayor Mike Berwick for supporting a move to list the Great Barrier Reef as 'in danger."

Apunipima Cape York Health Council will be showing off its skills in boosting positive nutrition and heading off diseases like diabetes at a conference in Perth.

Everyone loves whales and watching them. But we need to remember to keep our distance and respect these graceful marine giants.

Douglas Shire Council will launch the Access Douglas and Missed Business Directory

Douglas Shire Council is recruiting extra staff to deal with the problem of illegal camping in the Shire. 

The car located in the water at the Reef Marina Tuesday has been recovered today. The SUV is on Council land adjacent the Port Douglas Yacht Club.

Non-profits received more than $10,000 in funding, including a $2,400 grant for Douglas Heat Basketball club, at a special presentation evening on Thursday night at Mossman Bowls Club.

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort today announced that it will embark on a $40 million game-changing renovation.

Douglas Shire Council is looking for community opinion on allowing hot food to be served by stallholders at the Port Douglas Markets. 

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