NEWS IN 5 / Friday September 17 2021

Call of the Running Tide Exhibition Launches Tonight

CALL of the Running Tide Environmental Sculpture and Multimedia Art festival (CRT) is a beautifully curated event and an invitation by artists to engage meaningfully with the unique ecosystems from Rainforest to Reef in the Far North. The sculptural and multimedia works will also inform viewers of current local and global environmental threats.

CRT continues the region’s significant history of environmental activism. It engages local communities and visitors and aims to build and encourage environmental awareness.

In addition, the Call of the Running Tide inspires and challenges viewers to contemplate how they can make a difference through art.

38 interstate, regional and local artists have created multiple sculptures and multimedia works displayed in Rex Smeal Park, on the Flagstaff Hill walk, at the northern end of Four Mile Beach and in Port Douglas Community Hall and grounds.

The Garden of Plastic workshops and installation for 7-12-year-old children is a key CRT event. Funded by the Mossman Rotary Club and supervised by two enthusiastic, experienced artists, parents can drop their children for the workshops between 10 am-2 pm at the Mossman Shire Hall. Discarded and washed up bottle tops will be attached to wooden panels on a large Hall floor area. Selected panels from this installation will be used to create a mural at the new Paws and Claws facility in Craiglie. Students from Port Douglas Primary school have also created artwork panels, and these will be on display at the Port Douglas Community Hall.

Grand Opening / 6pm Friday 17 September, Port Douglas Community Centre. Free event with a Cash bar

CRT Art Festival runs from 18– 27 September 2021


Call of the Running Tide Exhibition. Image Credit / Douglas Shire Council

New Date for Silky Oaks Re-Opening

SILKY Oaks Lodge is currently closed for a significant refurbishment including the Treehouse Restaurant and Healing Waters Spa.

The new-look luxury lodge is now set to reopen on December 15, 2021. The new look resort will feature a reimagined main lodge hub with spirited jungle vibe, six stunning treehouse-style suite categories, inclusive rates and a revitalised guest experience.

Reservations from December 15 2021 onwards are now welcome. Check availability and book online. Alternatively contact Baillie Lodges Reservations via 02 9918 4355 or email

Credit / Silky Oaks


New Local Fisheries Reforms in Place

THE latest stage of Queensland’s Sustainable Fisheries reforms is now in effect. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner says the changes clarify commercial fishing rules and reporting requirements for fishers while making fisheries and the industry more sustainable.

New harvest strategies and rules now apply for the following fisheries:

-blue swimmer crab
-mud crab
-marine aquarium fish
-east coast inshore (as well as a protected species management strategy)
-sea cucumber
-trawl fin fish (stout whiting)
-northern, central, southern inshore, southern offshore and Moreton Bay trawl
-tropical rock lobster.

Fisheries already under harvest strategy management are the Reef Line and Spanner Crab.

Mr Furner said there would be a transitional period until December 31 to help fishers adjust to the new reporting requirements.“Our focus will be on education and assisting fishers with using the system and complying with the new rules,” he said.“We will work directly with fishers to resolve any operational issues they have in adapting to these changes.“Enforcement action may be taken.

Community Thumbs Up for Proposed RV Park

COMMUNITY support for a local RV Park is gaining momentum, with reportedly 94% of respondents to a recent Council survey backing a site to be built in Mossman.

Douglas Shire Council has released results of a survey which gauged community sentiment towards a building an RV Park in the sugarcane town.

A report containing several different RV Park options will be tabled at the September Ordinary Council Meeting for Councillors to consider.

A total of 383 people responded to the RV Park survey and support for an RV Park was overwhelming.

  • 94% of respondents agreed an RV Park would be good for the Mossman economy
  • 70% of respondents preferred 50 sites over 20 sites.
  • 72 businesses responded to the survey. 71 agreed an RV Park would be good for the Mossman economy. One was neutral.

237 residents responded.

→ 93% agreed an RV Park would be good for the Mossman economy.

→ 3% were neutral

→ 4% disagreed or strongly disagreed

All five of the 13 caravan park owners in the shire who responded strongly objected to Council creating an RV Park in Mossman, or indeed anywhere in the Shire.

Mossman Hospital Gets A Fabulous Refurb

HEALTH Minister Yvette D’Ath has officially opened the $10.1 million Mossman Hospital upgrade which delivers a modernised Emergency Department and significantly improved facilities for the local community.

The project team have taken care and time to protect the heritage of the historic Mossman Hospital which was built in 1930 and has been the centre of medical care in Mossman for 91 years.
Mossman Hospital is the only Queensland public hospital designed with Spanish Mission style exteriors, a design that was popularised in Australia in the late 1920s.
The iconic main entrance has been reopened as part of the work.

“This work substantially enhances conditions for patients and staff and provides a more comfortable experience for patients and a smoother flow from the Emergency Department to the rest of the hospital,” Ms D’Ath said.

“The refurbishment sees key improvements to the Emergency Department including: a new triage area, a new main administration area, a new patient waiting room, four stretcher bays, an additional four fast track treatment chairs, two new consultation rooms, two resuscitation bays, a dedicated plaster room, a dedicated eye exam room, a new patient shower and toilet and a purpose fit room for medical records.”
“There are also significant improvements to the hospital’s air conditioning and water supply systems.
“The patient drop off and pick up area has been improved and a new covered ambulance bay with direct access to the Emergency Department which will enhance patient transfer in all weather conditions,” she said.

Cynthia Lui MP, Member for Cook said the upgrade, built by Cairns based contractor WIP Construction, employed 12 local apprentices during its construction period.“Several local businesses have supplied architectural and engineering services, as well as trades people to support construction activities,” said Ms Lui.

Director of Nursing Peter Le Griffon said the new Emergency Department design is improving Mossman Hospital’s ability to triage and treat emergency presentations.
“Our old Emergency Department was designed around twenty years ago when we had an average of 5 to 10 presentations to the Emergency Department a day – but now we are averaging 38 presentations per day.”