Local News Bites / Friday 26 June 2020

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS HAVE ARRIVED/ Port Douglas Sunday markets resume trade this weekend, as do the Cairns Tanks Markets at the Botanic Gardens. The Yachtie re-opens for trade this afternoon. Stay safe and stay socially distanced.

ON THE AGENDA / Douglas Shire Council releases AGENDA for Tuesday’s Council meeting live-streamed on facebook. Items of interest include the gifting of Bally Hooley, funding for Port Shorts, the Douglas Chamber of Commerce and TPDD, and the relinquishment of Blue Pools Trusteeship.

MORE JOB LOSSES / 6000 QANTAS employees lose their jobs, with another 15,000 standing down temporarily. The A380 Superjumbos to be mothballed in California’s Mojave desert until 20203. CEO Alan Joyce calls for an extension of the JobKeeper payments.

INK TO LINK / This week we bid farewell to the print format of the Port Douglas and Mossman Gazette, and hello to a new era of digital news. Local printed news will be available in a Saturday supplement of the Cairns Post and for digital subscribers. We wish Editor Mark and his team all the very best for the move from “ink to link”.

KEEPING PERSPECTIVE / WHO predicts that COVID-19 cases will surpass 10 million in the coming days. Dr Mike Ryan, head of WHO emergencies programme, reports that the pandemic in many of the Americas had not yet peaked, and that it was ‘still intense’ in Central and South America.

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