NEWS IN 5 / Friday March 4 2022

Newell Beach Boat Ramp to be Completed in June

PROGRESS on the Newell Beach boat ramp continues, as Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, visits recently.

“It has taken an enormous effort obtaining environmental approvals and getting the design locked in and no doubt it will be worth the wait.” 

“Nightworks are well underway, as crews lay the boat ramp planks during the lowest tides,” she said. 

“We are well on our way to seeing the project delivered in June of this year.  

“I am looking forward to seeing this much anticipated facility completed and enjoyed by locals.” 

“I also look forward to seeing more than $1.7 billion in road and transport projects, like the Newell Beach boat ramp, delivered in the Far North over four years.”

Tributes & Tears Following Tragic Death of Beloved Local Girl

SHANTI Wren, 27, has been identified as the victim of a tragic motorcycle accident on Barrier Street on Wednesday evening in which she was the passenger.

Both the driver and passenger were thrown from the bike after the driver allegedly failed to navigate a corner.

Shanti sustained critical injuries and later died in hospital.

The 31 year old Port Douglas driver of the motorcycle was charged yesterday following investigations into her death.

The man is bailed to appear in Mossman Magistrates Court on March 23 to face charges of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death while affected by an intoxicating substance, drink driving and unlicensed driving.

The team at DouglasNews.Network extend their most sincere condolences to all Wren family and friends.

Shanti Wren, 27, died in a tragic motorcycle accident on Wednesday evening at Four Mile. Image / Instagram
Shanti Wren was a well-known and loved local girl and the shocking news of her death is felt right throughout the Douglas community. Image / Instagram

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at

Quote this reference number: QP2200363769.


It’s A Wrap for “Hot & Steamy”

THE third Port Douglas Hot & Steamy Festival drew around 1500 ticket holders across five events in iconic spots around Port Douglas, giving our local area a much-needed injection to tourism.

This year’s event headline act was a Melbourne-based drag and dance troupe showcasing snippets of the touring show Divas Live. Drag Queens Daytona 500, Amena Jay, and Jemima Hands, alongside legendary drag artist Millie Minogue performed at three separate events from Thursday through to Monday.

Festival Director Nathan Clarke said the patronage of the event was over and above what anyone could have expected, and the energy of the attendees provided welcome morale boost to businesses in the town.

“With an estimated 70% of the guests from out of the Douglas Shire, this weekend has provided a healthy cash injection into the town during the quietest time of the year,” he said. “After last year’s event being affected by border closures where our Victorian friends were unable to attend, they certainly made up for it this year!

Planning for Hot & Steamy 2023 has already commenced with festival dates locked in for February 23 – 26, 2023.

For up-to-date information, head to or to Facebook and Instagram @pdhotsteamy

Heating up in the tropics. Image /  @cm_entertainment_au

Pitch in to Help Clean Wonga Beach

LOW Isles Preservation Society, Reefclean and Tangaroa Blue invite the local community to join in cleaning up beautiful Wonga Beach for Sunday’s official Clean Up Australia Day 2022.
Please register your interest by emailing Renata at

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Be Douglas

CUSTOMER service staff in the Port Douglas and Daintree region will become living and breathing tourist information kiosks under a new online training program unveiled this week.

Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD) has launched the Be Douglas training program to empower tourism and hospitality staff to discuss the destination with authority in collaboration with Douglas Shire Council and Douglas Chamber of Commerce.

The program aims to highlight how to anticipate, meet, and exceed the needs of guest expectations, leaving them feeling positive that Douglas Shire is an extraordinary place to visit and return to.

The Be Douglastraining platform can be viewed here:


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