Victoria Stone-Meadows


Victoria completed a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Politics at Swinburne University Melbourne before beginning her career in journalism.

Victoria’s career has seen her work across metro and rural publications and has strengths in writing everything from brief alerts in in-depth profiles.

She has worked for independent family-owned newspapers for a majority of her career as well as for major rural daily publications for Fairfax Media.

Also a trained photographer, Victoria has an eye for capturing interesting and newsworthy moments on camera that bring life and depth to her articles.

After moving from Victoria to the tropical north in the first half of 2018, Victoria fell in love with the charm and character of Port Douglas.

Howard Salkow

Senior Journalist

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 2015.        



Rosie Wang

Staff Writer

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.

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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Irene Cats

Business Development Manager

I grew up in a small town in The Netherlands and due to my family's travel bug have been fortunate to have seen a bit of the world. One of the family holidays took me to Australia and from the first moment I set foot in this beautiful country I knew this is where I was meant to be.

After finishing my Bachelor in Business Administration at Hotelschool The Hague, I decided it was time to make the move to the other end of the world. I booked my flight, got my working holiday visa approved, organised myself a job interview at Sheraton Port Douglas and off I went.

This was in May 2010 and even though the plan was to travel the world working for different Sheraton properties, I fell in love with Port Douglas and have still not found a reason to leave this beautiful part of the world.

Besides my love for swimming I'm also an active patrolling member of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club and I'm passionate about passing these life saving skills on to our Nippers. 


Phoebe Demarte

Account Executive

Originally from Yorkshire, England.

Graduated from Leeds university with a degree in Law while working for a bank.
I decided to travel to New Zealand where I spent 2 ½ years jumping from the beaches of Mount Maunganui and the slopes in Queenstown.

I tried to go home but booked a one way ticket to Australia where I started in Melbourne and visited Port Douglas to visit my brother.

I worked different hospitality jobs, soaked up the Port Douglas lifestyle and met my now Hubby at salsa dancing.

I love animals, travelling and wine and family is very important to me but so is wine!




Paula McFarlane