January 27, 2021

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5 min read

It’s no secret that cane is struggling and that land is going out of production into hobby farms or cattle grazing. For a variety of reasons, there are few options for crop diversification for agricultural land that could be implemented, or switched to, quickly at scale. But with each additional loss of cane production, overall viability becomes more threatened.

7 min read

Douglas Shire Council have released the Interim Wonga Beach Foreshore Management Plan in preparation for Tuesday’s Ordinary Council meeting. On Tuesday’s meeting agenda is the recommendation “That Council adopt the Interim Wonga Beach Foreshore Management Plan” and, in doing so, endorse the actions contained therein to balance recreation activity with environmental sustainability at Wonga Beach.

3 min read

As the Douglas Shire awakens from the COVID-19 lockdown, each week, DouglasNews.Network shines a light on a local business operating within the stunning backyard we call home.Today, Jason from tour operator Back Country Bliss gives Natalie the lowdown on everything blissful, and chats about taking the path less travelled on Back Country Bliss’s Devil’s Thumb hiking tour.

5 min read

Today we invite you to share the indulgence of a signature Australian dining experience at Ochre Restaurant. Anybody up for coconut prawns, ricotta and wild mushroom gnocchi, or a deconstructed banoffee pie ?

4 min read

Friday came, the car was packed, and after picking the kids up from school in Cairns, we headed up the Kuranda range toward a blissful weekend filled with walking, reading, marshmallow toasting and nights by the fire with friends. Welcome to Granite Gorge Nature Park.

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An appreciation of history often changes the way we think about the present and the future. On the weekend, Natalie Johnson took her 14-year-old daughter for a stroll back through time, guided by the Douglas Shire Historical Society’s “Port Douglas Village” self-guided map.