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Port Douglas Sports Complex to get CCTV

SECURITY cameras will be installed at the Port Douglas Sports Complex to help deter anti-social behaviour at the site.

Douglas Shire Council resolved to install CCTV cameras after multiple rocks were found on the main sporting oval.

Council has budgeted $10,000 for the project.


Feel-good campaign helps Douglas community

A COUNCIL social media campaign designed to lift community spirit during COVID-19 lock-down was recognised by Councillors today.

Douglas Shire Council noted a report detailing the success of the 40 Days in 40 Ways which was kicked off by the Douglas Recovery Group earlier this year.

The campaign featured competitions, COVID-19 information, and virtual access to relevant webinars and Council-facilitated sessions.

This was created through a combination of impactful joy-marketing, demonstrating genuine care, promoting the Shire to tie in with Do It In Douglas campaign, advertising COVID-19 specific informative posts and using the handle #40Days40Ways.

Read full Council report here.


Council backs Call of the Running Tide

THE CALL of the Running Tide Festival will be back next year.

Douglas Shire Council resolved to enter into a three-year Resource and Performance Agreement for $15,000 for year one and three, and $10,000 for year two, plus in-kind support from January 2021.

Based on an estimate of 325 people per day over 9 days, conservative economic have the event injecting $58,500 into the local economy, with a total output of $64,310; and value-adding of $34,642.

Read full Council report here.


Council tips money into COVID-compliant events

DOUGLAS Shire Council will provide almost $10,000 worth of in-kind support to two events set to draw visitors into Port Douglas next month.

As part of the COVID-19 Economic and Event Strategy, Council will waive event application fees and provide free venue hire to Knockout Events and Festival Amusements.

Events bring economic benefits by way of increased visitor numbers, overnight stays and have the potential to benefit numerous businesses in the Shire.

Wonderland Under the Stars (two events)

Over the weekend of 11-13 September, Knockout Events will bring an outdoor show to Rex Smeal Park where the audience will experience the magic, music and wonder from the golden age of circus and travelling entertainment.

The weekend’s events include the internationally acclaimed circus sensation A Simple Space, roving performances by fire twirlers and percussionists, live music by outstanding North Queensland blues outfit Lady Valiant, the blues band 19-Twenty and well-known Australian artist, Busby Marou.

The subsequent ‘Under the Stars’ event will maintain a similar format with different acts yet to be confirmed.

Mini Fun Fair

A condensed version of the rides, amusements and a food truck that would normally be at the Port Douglas Carnivale, will be running for four nights during the first weekend of the school holidays from 17-20 September at Dixie Park in Port Douglas.

Read full Council report here.


Name for unnamed road deferred

FURTHER consultation will be held to determine the most appropriate name for a dirt road leading to a prawn farm, located south of Mossman.

Douglas Shire Council resolved to defer naming the road, which runs off the Captain Cook Highway at Killaloe.

Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture is currently undergoing a staged expansion of the prawn farm and the primary access to the site is via an unnamed road reserve off the Captain Cook Highway.

Read full Council report here.

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