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NEWS IN 5 / Monday June 21, 2021

Enjoy Douglas Shire news-in-brief

The Search is Over for the Latest Million Dollar Mossman Man

A Mossman man has returned from a week away camping to check his Gold Lotto ticket to discover he is the man we’ve all been looking for, our local mystery Division One winner of $1 million.

The Mossman man held one of the two Division One winning tickets in the draw from Wednesday 9 June 2021 and has spent a joyous week off-grid and none the wiser about his million dollar windfall.

The lucky winner told Gold Lotto,
“I’d forgotten about the ticket! I’ve been camping with no reception and hadn’t checked it until now. I’m trying to get my head around what I should do!”

The Division One winning entry was purchased at News Extra in Mossman and is the first Division One winning entry the outlet had sold.

Community Memorial for Rob Parry

A memorial for family, friends and community will be held on Sunday 27 June 2021 at Rex Smeal Park from 3.30pm – 5.30pm to celebrate the wondrous life of beloved local Rob Parry.


Rob passed away suddenly on 11 June 2021 at 11am at the Crystalbrook Marina, Port Douglas. He was 47.
Rob was a much loved husband, adoring father and son, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. He is deeply missed.


The picnic style waterfront gathering is open to all who knew and loved Rob. BYO food and drinks. RSVP is not required.


A private cremation will take place early this week for family.

Mossman Pool Re-opening Delayed

The much anticipated re-opening of Mossman Pool has been delayed until the end of this week, with upgrades requiring the closure of the pool from May 17-June 25.

New outdoor lights will help extend opening hours for the Mossman Pool.

engaging local contractors to re-seal and replace broken tiles, with rectification work to be completed on the roof and grandstands.

Painting, repairs, beautification, a new shade sail, lighting, and an all-abilities access entrance to the pool building feature in a $220,000 upgrade to the popular facility.

The project is 100% funded by the Queensland Government’s  COVID-19 Works for Queensland program.


Retrospective Art Exhibition Launches this Week

Retrospective Past – Present – Future art exhibition hosted by Port Douglas Artists launch

es this weekend.
Local art from the Douglas region’s past, present, and emerging artists will be on exhibition at the Port Douglas Community Hall.
Curated in collaboration with Cairns Art Gallery, the exhibition is a celebration of the rich artistic heritage and culture of the Shire.

The exhibition is funded by the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) with curatorial support from Cairns Art Gallery.
A Grand Opening for Retrospective will take place on Friday June 25 at 6pm with a cash bar operating during the event.
The exhibition runs from 10am – 4pm daily from June 26 – July 16 at the Port Douglas Community Hall, Mowbray St, Port Douglas.


Mossman Show Warming Up to Be A Cracker!

Preparations for the 2021 Mighty Mossman Show are well underway with the Show scheduled for 18-29 July 2021.This year is the 69th annual Show, and preparations are ‘full-steam-ahead’ in preparation for showcasing our Shire’s agriculture, local exhibits and family-friendly entertainment
The Mossman and District Show Society is a not-for-profit association behind the annual Mossman Show with the first Mossman Show being held in 1952.

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