Local News Bites / Saturday 1 August 2020

ON THE INLET / Port Douglas’ iconic seafood restaurant has shut its doors “indefinitely.” Geoff Parmenter, owner of the popular local eatery, says he has every intention of re-opening and is advertising for staff but has not settled on date for a relaunch.

Like almost every other restaurant in Port Douglas, On The Inlet closed at the onset of the state-wide COVID-19 lockdown. The restaurant did re-open for a brief period earlier this month but closed again due to unexpected staff turnover and the ever changing COVID-related trading conditions.

Mr Parmenter said the JobKeeper and Jobseeker government payments were partly to blame for difficulties in securing staff. He believes some people are now receiving more in subsidies than they would from their usual wage and are “sitting on their arse and drinking piss” rather than looking for work. 

Although Mr Parmenter says he remains optimistic about the future of On The Inlet, he has listed the business with a broker. When asked about the seeming contradiction, he said every business is for sale if the price is right. On The Inlet is listed with the Finn Group for $380,000.

INDIGENOUS CENTRE/ An indigenous economic and cultural base in the Wangetti coast is planned for 2.5 ha of traditional land officially handed back to Wangetti Aboriginal Land Trust and Yirrganydji people yesterday. The land is located within the Wangetti Trail Project area, and the Trust will be looking at how they can connect with eco-friendly tourism opportunities and use the Trail project to share their story.

ROCK GOD COMES TO PORT/ Tex Perkins is heading to Port Douglas in September to headline the Wonderland Under the Stars Festival at Rex Smeal Park.

SOLAR LEADS THE WAY / A plan to build the world’s largest solar farm and battery in the Northern Territory and to connect it to supply power to Singapore and Indonesia has been granted “major project status” by the Federal government.

COVID UPDATE / The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports a record increase in global COVID cases yesterday, with the official total rising by 292,527.

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