NEWS IN 5 / Friday January 29, 2021


The search for three far northern men continues today after they failed to return from a fishing trip to Cape Tribulation on Australia Day. The men, aged 18, 27 and 37 were due back in Yarrabah Tuesday afternoon, after setting out on a 4.8m white, centre console aluminium vessel with a blue canopy, registration VO317Q. The trio were last seen around 8.30am on Tuesday at a reef off Green Island where they appeared to be having engine trouble. They have not been heard from since.

Water Police along with three helicopters and a fixed wing plane are searching an area from Little Fitzroy Island north to Cape Tribulation.

Police are providing constant updates to the families and are providing support to the Yarrabah community.

Anyone with further information is urged to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information at or call 131 444.

Search Efforts Underway for Three Missing Local Fisherman / Image : Queensland Police


A revised development application has been submitted for the proposed Resort located at 71-85 Port Douglas Road as a consequence of a number of discussions held between the Applicant and the Douglas Shire Council Planning Department. 
The development application now seeks approval for a Resort Complex as defined under the Planning Scheme which makes the development application Impact Assessable and subject to public notification. The proposed development includes an integrated resort facility comprising 253 accommodation rooms for the purposes of short-term accommodation, two food and drink outlets with a combined gross floor area of 1,844 m² and a function facility with a combined gross floor area of 1,866m². Ancillary uses and services include car parking, reception, office, gymnasium and outdoor recreational facilities.


Queensland borders will reopen to New South Wales at 1am on Monday, 1 February, 2021.

We’re GOOD To Go!


As of today, all Year 11 and 12 students at Mossman High will now engage in teacher led lessons from Monday to Thursday, and on Fridays, will have a range of flexible opportunities to enhance their learning. Students can engage in pre-vocational training, apprenticeships, early enrolment courses for tertiary education, approved work experience, paid employment at-home learning or on-site school learning if required.


Wonga Beach school community are thrilled to have been chosen as a pilot site for the KindyLinQ program 2021. We value early childhood education and  the critical role families play in nurturing children’s early learning and  development. We are looking forward to working collaboratively with local early childhood  services, schools and community organisations to strengthen the confidence of families – as they are their child’s first and most influential teacher. 

Our KindyLinQ program will provide a safe supported space for families in our local community to come together with their children to play and learn. 

Starting 9 February, 2021, the program is fully funded and supported by Education Queensland and will be run out of Wonga Beach School on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9-12am.

KindyLinQ is for pre -Kindy aged children, born July 2017-June 2018, (siblings are welcomed). Parents are to stay with their child/ren during this time.

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