Local News Bites / Monday 13 July 2020


BACK TO SCHOOL for local kids today while the Douglas Shire has enjoyed a busy school holiday period, with everybody from hotels, restaurants, retailers and campgrounds reporting a welcome influx of local and regional visitors.

Thousands of Aussie expats and travellers who sheltered in Bali during the coronavirus lockdown will be required to leave within 30 days as their emergency pandemic visas expire. Indonesia issued emergency visas for those stranded by COVID-19 lockdowns in March. The automatic Emergency Stay Permits were free and enabled visitors to spend an extra three months in Indonesia during the lockdown. There are an estimated 10,000 Australians remaining in Indonesia during the lockdown, comprising 7,000 expatriates and 3,000 tourists, including quite a number of Douglas Shire locals.

SAD NEWS with the death of another young Julatten local on the private Quaid’s Road this weekend in an ATV rollover accident. Paramedics and the rescue helicopter attended the scene on Saturday afternoon, June 11, 2020. A 21 year old male was treated with critical injuries, but was declared deceased at the scene while his two friends suffered injuries and were treated in Mareeba Hospital. Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigating the accident. There were three deaths and three injuries in vehicle crashes on Far North Queensland roads this weekend, with another 16 year old death in a vehicle roll at Lockhart River reported overnight.

The second of two $750 Federal government payments supporting eligible Australians them through the economic impact of coronavirus roll out from today, while the government’s support of free childcare ends today.

Local Douglas sporting teams enjoyed their return to the field this weekend, with both the Port Douglas Senior and Reserves Crocs AFL teams, and Douglas United Dragons soccer team victorious in their games. Port Douglas Senior Crocs defeated the Cairns City Lions 140, 62 and the Reserves defeated the Lions 77,19 while the Dragons enjoyed a dominant 5,0 victory over the Leichhardt Lions on Friday night. Congratulations all round!

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