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A BID to unearth local song writing and musical talent has received backing from Douglas Shire Council through a community grant.

Councillors today awarded $10,000 to a proposal to record, produce, and create a compilation album of Mossman’s best undiscovered indigenous musicians.

The project was one of three applicants who were successful in applying for funding in Council’s latest community grants program.

Port Douglas Tennis Club will also receive grant funding to install a mini court surface for pickleball tennis, while the Low Isles preservation Society received funding to go toward creating an education centre on the small coral cay island.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the successful projects would be fantastic additions to the local community.

“Once again our community showed there are a number of terrific grassroots ideas out there to enhance the lives of locals,” he said.

“All three successful projects are great iniatives that provide a community benefit and encourage locals to get involved.”

“I would like to also thank the unsuccessful applicants for taking the time to apply for funding and wish them the best of luck with their projects.”

The successful projects include:

  • Port Douglas Tennis ClubPickle Ball Court and Program

Install mini court surface over existing slab.

  • Reuben DwyerIndigenous Artist Recording

To create opportunities for Mossman’s indigenous musicians.

  • Low Isle Preservation SocietyEducation Centre

Create an Education Centre on Low Isles that will function as an offshore classroom for Douglas Shire students.

The 2023 Grant Funding round will re-open eligible applicants mid-next year. Visit Council’s website here for more information.


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