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Local News Bites / Friday 14 August 2020


🎬 🎬 HOLLYWOOD is back in town! 🎬 🎬

Even in these difficult times, the Douglas Shire remains an attractive destination for the film industry. A talented team of movie-makers has arrived in Far North Queensland after strictly complying with all quarantine and testing protocols to begin work on an international and Australian film.  More to come….😉

PORT DOUGLAS CROCS BID FOR AFL PRESENCE | The Port Douglas Crocs have proven their ability to win Premiership after Premiership and they’re not stopping there!

The Club is bidding to host training sessions for the Brisbane Lions (currently second on the ladder), Melbourne, Sydney Swans and Fremantle AFL teams taking up residence in Cairns later this month. The Club seeks the support of the Douglas Shire Council and the Mirage Golf Club to get the Port Douglas Sporting Complex grounds up to the AFL standard.

Fremantle Dockers and Sydney Swans are temporarily relocating their players and staff to Cairns, in a move that will see a number of games played at Cazalys Stadium during Rounds 15-18 of the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

Swans will play Melbourne on Thursday September 3 before the Demons face Fremantle four days later. Cazalys Stadium is now expected to play host to five elite games, with two more to be announced shortly. Confirmed Games are September 3 | Sydney v Melbourne, September 7 |  Melbourne v Fremantle, and September 13 |  Sydney v Brisbane.

TORRES STRAIT CLAIM FOR CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT | The Morrison government has asked the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations to dismiss a landmark claim by a group of Torres Strait Islanders from low-lying islands off the northern coast of Australia that climate change is having an impact on their human rights.

ANCIENT BANANA FARMS UNCOVERED | Archaeologists have found ancient banana farms once managed by Australia’s Indigenous peoples. The sites, dating back 2145 years, were found on Mabuyag Island in the Torres Strait.

Researchers found banana microfossils, stone tools, charcoal and a series of retaining walls at the site. This further dispels the myth that Australia’s native peoples were solely “hunter-gatherers”, researchers said.

WHAT’S ON THIS WEEKEND |

TONIGHT | Maman-live music and $5 specials from 4-6:00 pm, Port Douglas Yacht Club | Yachty Special Seafood Platter and live music 5-9:00pm

SATURDAY | Mossman Markets under the Raintrees, St Crispins Markets on the Pontoon, Bird and Books Storytime at Wildlife Habitat at 10am, Reef Raiders versus Brothers at Port Douglas Sporting Complex 4pm

Skate-Aid Skateboarding Session at Mossman Skate Park 1-3pm

SUNDAY | Port Douglas Markets

Skate-Aid Skateboarding Session at Wonga Beach Skate Park 1-3 pm


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