Sharks open refund depot in Mossman

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Howard Salkow

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Ben Barba and Adam Fisher from the Sharks are staffing the refund point. Image: Karlie Brady.
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The champion Mossman Port Douglas Senior Sharks may not be displaying their prowess on the sporting fields because of COVID-19 virus, but they’re still in business after recently launching a re-cycling refund depot at 4 Quaid Street in Mossman.

And according to club president Jason Fasano, the now two-week old entity, has already handled more than 20,000 items and this is expected to grow as more people learn about its presence.

“We are extremely excited to have our own business and to advise that all proceeds from the business will go back into the club.

“I also want to thank and single out two key members, Adam Fisher and Ben Barba, for staffing the business,” said Fasano.

In conceding the next few months will be extremely tough; Fasano said they chose this type of business as it does not compete with any of the club’s sponsors.

This is the second business of this kind in the shire. Last year, Stacy Wilkinson opened Port Douglas Containers for Change in Craiglie which has been extremely successful resulting in fewer cans and bottles on the streets and pavements.

“The reason behind us starting this business is that although our club receives astronomical support from our shire, both business, individuals and families, we need a cash flow for us to survive.

“Our shire has been hit incredibly hard with COVID-19 and we believe there will be less businesses able to sponsor sporting clubs in our shire for some time.

“We chose this type of business as it doesn’t compete with any of our sponsors and after talking to Stacy, who gave his blessing for us to open, here we are.

“Once again we are very excited but do fully understand we’re in for a few tough months,” said Fasano.   

The depot is open 7:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday and 7:30am - 12:00pm Saturday.

In September last year, it was the proverbial shark attack at Barlow Park when the Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks notched a ‘two-fer’ winning the Cairns District Rugby League A-grade premiership and the Reserve Grade.

The 30-24 grand final victory over Innisfail Leprechauns secured back-to-back premierships for the Sharks, who now have three premierships (1998, 2018 and 2019), and have cemented themselves as the most respected team in the league.

In what turned out to be a memorable weekend for the code here in the shire, the Sharks’ Reserves Grade team beat Cairns Brothers 32-26 in their final.


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