Mark Murray


Mark joins the Newsport team from Melbourne and brings with him extensive experience and qualifications in journalism and communications.

He cut his teeth as a journalist in country Victoria before joining Fairfax Media as a reporter with the The Border Mail - one of Australia's largest regional daily newspapers. He has over five years experience working in communications and public relations in Melbourne where he coordinated the media activities of elite sport, entertainment and emergency service organisations.

Mark is passionate about people, sport, music and travel and understands how to connect with a community. He’s travelled extensively through the Middle East, Africa, Europe, America, Sri Lanka and India, also covering Australia's Test cricket tour while on the subcontinent as a freelance writer.

He was drawn to the sun, sand and outdoor lifestyle of Port Douglas and has quickly settled into life in tropical paradise.


Howard Salkow

Senior Writer

Howard Salkow has extensive Journalism, Public Relations and Event Management experience in a career spanning more than 35 years. Formerly from South Africa, where he established himself as a journalist, his career has taken him to Canada and Australia. He has been extensively published in newspapers, magazines and journals in South Africa, Canada, the United States, London and Australia. A major strength is his ability to write about most subjects 

Using his media experience and strong sports background, he played a significant role in the promotion, operational planning and event management of Canada’s two professional golf tournaments on the PGA and LPGA Tour respectively – the men’s Canadian Open and the ladies’ du Maurier Classic. He was instrumental in co-ordinating the establishment of a women’s professional golf tour in Canada, the du Maurier Series. In 1992 at Toronto’s SkyDome, he promoted a cricket match between then world champions Pakistan and a World X1 that included 19-year-old West Indian Brian Lara.    

He is a graduate in communications studies and management from Canadian and Australian universities. He made Port Douglas his home in February this year.        


Roy Weavers


Roy has been relieved of his duties due to his nomination as candidate for Mayor of the Douglas Shire. We wish him all the best!

Originally from England, Roy started his media career working in and around the marketing and promotional departments of some of the UK’s major national newspapers. In his 20-year UK career, Roy worked with The Times and Sunday Times, The Sun (and The News of the World), The Telegraph Group, Associated Newspapers including The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard, and The Mirror Group. 

Roy worked within the magazine world in the late 1980s for Headway, Home and Law Publishing. At that time, HHLP was the largest European Contract publishers, producing over 120 titles.

Emigrating to Australia in 2003, Roy joined the Port Douglas and Mossman Gazette team before founding Newsport Daily and PORT DOUGLAS Magazine with Sam Cullen. Roy was also part of the management team that has created some of the region’s most successful events since 2008, including the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival and Porttoberfest.

In 2014, Roy was appointed General Manager of Carnivale 2014. Now in its twentieth year, Carnivale is the region’s keystone 10-day tourism event celebrated annually in May.


Rosie Wang


Born and raised in London, Rosie holds a Diploma in Travel Journalism and Photography from London’s Morris College of Journalism, and has written for London-based TNT, the backpacker’s magazine of choice.

Rosie began her sales career in 1982, with London-based company On File, the world’s first interactive electronic daily information service.

In the UK, Rosie worked on both sides of the media industry fence, involved in marketing, sales and advertising for multinationals including IBM, Hasbro Toys, Revlon and Logica, and agencies Moxon, Dolphin and Kerby (Ted Bates Advertising), BCG Communications, and her own OrangeApple Media.

Before moving to Australia in 2010, Rosie embarked on what would become a 10-year journey around the world, living and diving in eight countries, which also involved working as a professional underwater photographer and videographer.

Rosie moved to Port Douglas just over two years ago, and joined The Newsport team in 2013.

With The Newsport’s journalist Emma, Rosie is a regular at K-Star’s Tuesday Trivia at Paddy’s. A passionate advocate for the environment and animal welfare, Rosie volunteers as a walker with Port Douglas animal shelter, Paws and Claws.


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