Entries by Jo Straszkowski

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ROBERT PARRY

Known as Rob Parry. Passed away suddenly on 11 June 2021 at 11am at Crystalbrook Marina, Port Douglas, aged 47 Years. Much loved husband, adoring father and son, son in law, brother in law, uncle, and friend who will be sorely missed by so many near and far. Family and friends are warmly invited to […]

GBR LEGACY NEEDS YOU TO SPOT A WHALE

GBR Legacy has launched a Humpback Whale spotting network and they need you to help them learn more about the gentle giants that visit each year. It’s that time of year when the community and tourists alike get excited to spot one of the most majestic animals in existence, the humpback whale as they migrate […]

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SUPERCHARGED WINDS AMPED PORT DOUGLAS RACE WEEK

It was a wild ride for the sailors who took part in the 2021 Port Douglas race week as roaring winds supercharged the sails of the boats at the annual regatta. 25 boats over three divisions entered the weeklong event that saw winds up to 30 knots testing crews and boats to the limit, but […]

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HEMINGWAY’S CLAIMS GOLD IN INTERNATIONAL BEER AWARDS

Hemingway’s Brewery has flown the flag for Far North Queensland’s craft beer industry by bagging gold at the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) in Melbourne on Thursday. The AIBA is the largest annual beer competition in the world assessing both draught and packaged beer and attracts around 2,600 entries from more than 400 breweries […]

Fishing For The Future In Douglas Shire

MARINE biologist Phil Laycock believes Douglas Shire has some of the most diverse and special fishing experiences in remote Australia. Phil is hosting the Fishing for the Future community workshop at the Port Douglas Community Hall next week. With the annual barramundi season now on, the life-long Far Northerner reckons with a bit of patience and some […]

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HEMINGWAY’S UNVEIL NEW BREW WITH A LOCAL DESIGN

Hemingway’s Brewery Port Douglas has recently unveiled a new brew with a locally inspired design featured on the can. The new 5.2 per cent Sunny Daze Hazy Pale Ale is the first hazy ale to be made at the brewery since mid-2019. And to make the brew even more special, Hemingway’s Port Douglas’ own Steph […]

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TWO SHIRE TOURISM OPERATORS IN ECOTOURISM’S HALL OF FAME

Two Douglas Shire tourism operators have been inducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame in a list of 10 of Australia’s leading nature-based tourism businesses. The Daintree River Cruise Centre and Sailaway join 25 other ecotourism businesses in the Hall of Fame, and were recognised for being ECO certified for 20 years. Ecotourism Australia CEO Rod Hillman acknowledged […]

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OPEN BORDERS: HOW DO BUSINESSES FEEL?

As border reopenings appear imminent, Douglas businesses are preparing, so Newsport spoke to a few to see how they feel December (and beyond) might look like for them and the Shire. Queensland has had its borders bolted shut for most of 2020, with Sydney and Victoria still locked out, and while this has had the positive effect […]

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DESIGNS REVEALED FOR LIVING CORAL BIOBANK IN PORT DOUGLAS

Concept designs for the world’s first Living Coral Biobank, a dedicated coral conservation facility proposed to be built in Port Douglas, have been revealed. Great Barrier Reef Legacy’s $70 million Living Coral Biobank project aims to secure the long-term future and biodiversity of corals worldwide with the primary goal of the facility to store, keep […]