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LOCAL radio personality Gary ‘Gazza’ McIlroy is on a mission to bring our Cassowary Coast neighbours to the Douglas Shire.

The popular Port Douglas-based presenter, who has been involved in iconic events such as the successful Banana Split World Record attempt, the Cardwell UFO Festival and Cassowary Coast Relay for Life, plans to head south next month with a swag of holiday specials to be won.

Douglas Shire Council has collaborated with local radio station Fab FM for the ‘Gazza Douglas Challenge’ to entice regional travellers into the region.

Each challenge will provide an opportunity for Cassowary Coast locals to win holiday prizes supplied by Douglas Shire businesses, and receive information about special holiday deals exclusive to Cassowary Coast Residents and their families.

The region, between Babinda and Cardwell, is a close neighbour to the Douglas Shire and has been a popular tourist destination for both short stays and extended visits.

“Douglas Shire businesses owners who are keen to make a difference are invited to get involved by providing information on their products and services, potential prizes and special deals for Cassowary Coast Residents,” Gazza said.

“When I was working down there, the ‘Gazza Challenge’ was particularly popular among locals and I want to use that familiarity with the residents to entice them to ‘Do It In Douglas’.

“I will be in touch with local businesses in Port Douglas, Mossman and the Daintree over the next few weeks to drum up support.”

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the ‘Gazza Douglas Challenge’ was a great example of local businesses working together to add resilience to the economy.

“Through the Buy Douglas: Build Douglas campaign we have seen some really fantastic collaboration between businesses and this initiative shows that spirit is continuing,” he said.

Gazza will conduct the challenges on August 15 & 16 at the following locations:


  • Mission Beach – 10am
  • Tully – Saturday – 12pm
  • Cardwell – 3pm


  • Innisfail – 11am
  • Babinda – 2 pm

Further information will be available via social, digital and print media. To contact Gazza direct please email:

Watch an example of a Gazza Challenge below!

Another Gazza Challenge completed in beautiful Mossman. Mrs B from the FAB Cabs…. you’re a legend!!

Posted by Fab FM Radio 90.9 & 107.1 on Thursday, 22 August 2019


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