NEWS IN 5 / Thursday 9 June 2022

Community Objection Filed Against Northbreak Surf Resort

On June 1, 2022 an appeal was filed against Douglas Shire Council’s decision to approve Graben Pty Ltd’s $317 million NorthBreak wave park development application.

Appellants, including Chiodo Corporations, Douglas Shire Sustainability Group and individual appellants Colin Musson, Renata Musson, Josh Gibson and Hilary Kuhn. present the case that the proposed development is an inappropriate use of the land and that there is no need for the development, “the proposed development is inconsistent with the community expectation in the locality in light of the serious non-compliances with the planning scheme, particularly in relation to the loss of rural land.” Further, the appeal claims that the development conditions imposed by Douglas Shire Council are not adequate to address identified issues and includes conditions which are unlawful or otherwise prohibited.

The proposed Northbreak surf resort at Mowbray. Credit/ Northbreak.

End of an Era as Local COVID-19 Clinics Close

CAIRNS’ main COVID-19 vaccination hub will close its doors this weekend, as the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) prepares to conclude its COVID-19 response after two and a half years service.
COVID-19 testing clinics across the region, including Portsmith, Tully, Innisfail,  Atherton, Mareeba and Mossman hospitals are also shutting down this month.  

The First Nations COVID-19 Response team will continue to conduct outreach across the  Cairns and Hinterland region until required and the mobile vaccination clinic will conduct  its last pop-up clinic over the June-July School holidays at Smithfield Shopping Centre.  

+ The Pier shopping centre vaccination hub closes on 12 June, 2022  

+ COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be offered at rural facilities (Innisfail, Atherton, Mareeba,  Mossman) until 30 June, 2022.  

+ COVID-19 testing clinics close at Portsmith, Tully, Innisfail, Atherton, Mareeba and Mossman  hospitals on 17 June, 2022  

+ COVID-19 and flu vaccinations are still available from GPs and community pharmacies. 

Firies Celebrate Fifty Years Service with a Trip Down Memory Lane

Wonga Beach Rural fire Brigade are celebrating 50 years of service at the Shed this Saturday and share some great historic images…

Wonga Beach’s second fire brigade vehicle. Image via Facebook
Wonga Beach’s first off road brigade truck. Image via Facebook.
Wonga Beach Rural Fire Brigade volunteers receiving awards. Image via Facebook.
New recruits, at Rocky Point School. Image via Facebook.

Free Pads and Tampons for all Queensland High Schools

In a progressive initiative, girls will be able to manage their menstrual health with dignity with the introduction of vending machines supplying free period products throughout Queensland high schools. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, “Access to free period products can make a real difference to children, especially students whose families are doing it tough, have unstable accommodation or are fleeing domestic and family violence.” The initiative has been successfully implemented in South Australia since February 2021.

Citizens of the GBR Launch $2 Million ‘Reef Cooperative’

The three year program will deliver practical in-water conservation outcomes undeprinined by a $2 million commitment from The Cotton On Foundation.


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