February 3, 2023


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Today Jayne chats with Darren Lyons, of the glamorous new Lyons Gallery Port Douglas. The Gallery is showing works by some of the most incredible artists and photographers in the world including Terry O’Neill, Douglas Kirkland, Michael Moebius, Banksy and Keith Haring .

The Gallery is very much focused on contemporary art and contemporary art as a fine art investment.


Jayne caught up with Bec and Bennett, whose vibrant new business on Macrossan Street is changing the way we wake up in the morning, or recover from a walk around the headland. Hello healthy acai bowls, fresh juices and smoothies!

Oaks Kitchen & Garden is one of the Douglas Shire’s hidden foodie gems, a gracefully understated mecca of Southeast Asian cookery and a lush abundance of tropical ingredients. Ben Wallace and Rachel Boon are the talented and passionate couple behind Oaks, an outdoor cooking school experience at the heart of which is a lusciously abundant Southeast Asian garden located on the hill side of Oak Beach just south of Port Douglas.

DouglasNews.Network has contacted each of the eight candidates for the Cook electorate, to obtain a deeper insight into their values, interests, and their priorities for the Douglas Shire and broader electorate. Deby Ruddell, candidate for the Greens, chatted with us first, and was not able to attend yesterday’s Douglas Shire Ratepayers Association forum, so we’ll kick off with an introduction to Deby today.