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Arthur Timms retires but not out

After 40 years in the legal profession, long time local Arthur Timms is hanging up his boots to spend more time concentrating on the things that have brought so much joy to his life; his wife, his children and the passion he shares with the rest of Australia, Cricket.



  • 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
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  • Port Douglas and Douglas News and Events

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.

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.

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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A member of Council's Open Spaces team, Sue led the physical audit of 11,639 coconut palms in the Douglas Shire to provide valuable data for the Draft Management Plan.

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.

Remember when we all got excited about local superstar Danny Ross when he reached the final four of Channel 10 blockbuster TV Talent show, The Voice.  Well now we've got twice the thrill as not one but two Douglas Shire local boys have blasted their way through the Blind auditions and selected their mentors.

The World Famous Horse Whisperer, Guy McLean is coming to be the headline act at the Mossman Show on 19th and 20th July.  His exploits are world renowned and his performances are amazing.  You should make a note in your diary to ensure you dont miss this fantastic opportunity.

As we fast approach the next “Leap Year” on 29th February 2016, which as everyone knows, “keeps our modern day Gregorian Calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun”, let us first celebrate today as this marks the 26th time a “Leap Second” will be added to the calendar. 

Council has identified a potential new location to house a proposed new animal shelter after being informed by Paws and Claws it had withdrawn from the sale of the approved Killaloe site.

Several readers have contacted the Newsport late last week and over the weekend to express their concerns over the scale of the roadside tree clearance along Capt Cook Highway just South of Mowbray turn off apparently to make way for road improvements.

There's a whole mass of entertainment on top of the traditional showtime rides and sideshow stalls. This year the committee is very excited about the fact that Guy McLean the world famous horse whisperer returns to fascinate and enthrall his far north fans.

Phoebe Kitto, President of Douglas Chamber of Commerce, and Gerry Ireland, Chair, Douglas Inc. have a united and positive response to the recently announced Douglas Shire Council’s Annual Budget 2015 – 2016.

There's been a lot written and a lot more said about the effect and impact of the Cairns Airport Ironman and 70.3 events on the Douglas Shire (and Port Douglas in particular) and I've been asked very recently to pen a few words about an "athlete's actual involvement in" the event.  Now, that question assumes that I consider myself an 'athlete' which I most certainly do not. WATCH: Tribute Video

Two Bio Security officers from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries visited Paws and Claws animal shelter yesterday lunchtime following a complaint.

Children swimmers are invited to join The Meteors for a swim clinic on Tuesday in Port Douglas. The event run by Meteors Swimming Club is offering a session with Bill Evans who runs "Will swim and try" in Cairns.

Wavelength 4, the new boat for Wavelength Reef Charters arrived at the Reef Marina at midnight last night, 26th June, 2015.  This is the first new Australian built reef boat in Port  Douglas since 2008.

The Abbott Government’s Sugar Marketing Code of Conduct Taskforce today recommended to Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Small Business Minister Bruce Billson that a mandatory Code of Conduct be adopted for the sugar industry.

Douglas Shire Council has adopted its 2015-2016 Annual Budget which includes an unprecedented $19.5 million capital works program to stimulate economic development.

With the 8.15 billion dollar Aquis Casino Beach Resort continuing to progress, it is no surprise that the announcement of the 45-million dollar Adventure Waters Water Park supports Local businessman and Adventure Waters Chief Executive Officer’s Paul Freebody’s overall strategy......

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) calls for expressions of interest from commercial food vendors to supply onsite food service to the general public during the period of the 2015 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. 

Port Douglas folk duo The Kroovs are launching their 15 track debut live album this weekend to North Queensland ahead of an international tour.

Double life on the run or redeemed fugitive? After [28] years of “community service” Dennis “Lee” Lafferty contributed whilst in Australia as a model resident, I suppose we should be entitled to say “Who knew?” 

It’s that time of year again; time to don the Daisy Dukes and get yer boot-scootin’ chaps on! QT are celebrating the ol’ US of A’s Independence Day in style!

Port Douglas Basketball Club (aka Douglas Heat) is hosting a very special coaching clinic this Saturday, June 27, with Coach Uron Hawkins from the USA.

70 dogs brought their owners down to Four Mile Park off Barrier Street for a walk along Four Mile Beach to raise funds for Paws n Claws.

For the third straight year The Mantra Group organised the now annual ‘Cricket’ Match on Reynolds Park Port Douglas to bring their yearly Red Cross fundraising activities to its sensational crescendo.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) is hailing another attraction for self-drive tourists along the iconic Savannah Way interior road, which begins in Far North Queensland. 

Hundreds were invited to the official opening last night of the newly renovated Port Douglas and District Combined Club or still more warmly known as 'The Tin Shed'.

While the Cairns Airport Ironman brought the eyes of the country to Port Douglas, questions have raised over the safety of cyclists training on the coastal range road between Palm Cove and Port Douglas.

Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree brought together established operators and new tourism industry entrants to the area together for a fun afternoon of drinks, lawn bowls and networking at QT Port Douglas. 

Tropical Journeys has reported the first humpback whale sighting of the season off Low Isles, with the majestic marine animals migrating north along the Queensland coast between July and September.

The long-awaited White Paper on northern Australian development has been launched this morning and welcomed by Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. 

Port Douglas kids - and plenty of Port Douglas adults - will be delighted to discover that Trippo, the world's largest inflatable water slide, will be coming to town over the July school holidays. Click here for details.

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