January 26, 2021

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Join WELCOME TO COUNTRY on a brilliant new initiative to support Indigenous communities, artists and their families to flourish, to create self-sufficiency and to recognise self determination and self-empowerment. Welcome to Country embraces the rich diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism experiences and products, thereby creating employment and economic opportunities.

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At Tuesday’s Ordinary Council meeting, Item 5.8 on the Agenda was a request for funding by Cape York Weekly to establish a news platform in the Douglas Shire.The recommendation was that Council approves $10,000 towards supporting the Cape York Weekly to commence a community newspaper. Council staff would develop KPI’s for the allocated funding that would focus on strong support for advertising for not-for-profit and community groups in the Shire. The proposal for Council to fund a newspaper comes only after an advancement from Cr Kerr, and no other alternatives were sought.

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A ceremonial blessing at Parliament House yesterday marked the first time in Queensland’s history that three First Nations peoples have been sworn in as Members of the State’s Parliament.
Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for the Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch, Member for Cook Cynthia Lui and Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum were part of the traditional blessing this morning to celebrate the important milestone at the commencement of the 57th Parliament.

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A jam-packed calendar of Christmas events is setting the scene for the community to #DoItInDouglas to see out 2020. Late night shopping with Santa in Port Douglas, the return of a popular Mossman street party and a Christmas Sunday Market headline a ‘December in Douglas’ program unveiled by Douglas Shire Council and the Douglas Chamber of Commerce.

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This Saturday will see the return of tennis facilities to Mossman with the opening of newly upgraded facilities at Mossman State School. Mossman Squash and Tennis Club will re-open the courts on Saturday 14 November, 2020 after being closed for most of the year.

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While 2020 looks a little different to previous years, with an emphasis on protecting our more vulnerable elderly from the risks of COVID-19, members of the Douglas Shire community are invited to lay wreaths at cenotaphs in Mossman and in Port Douglas. Douglas Shire Council and Mossman RSL flags will fly at half-mast to commemorate the occasion. Today we take a closer look at the life story of Norman Baird, one extraordinary young man who put his life on the line for his fellow Australians, over and over again. Norman has been described by one of his grandsons, Noel Pearson, as “the first modern Kuku Yalanji and should be a model for our people’s future”.