On any view of it, we are in extraordinary times. We are in the midst of a pandemic. People are dying. COVID-19 is, in many respects, unique compared to recent mass infectious diseases, like SARS and MERS. This disease is potentially fatal. It is highly contagious. It does not discriminate. Asymptomatic infected persons can spread it and its sequelae are not confined to pneumonia. It has been linked to major organ damage due to embolism and in children, severe septic shock.
Council yesterday unanimously resolved to endorse a $179,000 COVID-19 relief package to ease pressure on businesses and residents suffering financial stress in the Shire.
Whilst I firstly congratulate the new Mayor and Councillors on their election, it’s sad to think that some people seem to be celebrating the demise of those who have fought in the past for the Shire’s environmental credentials.
Great news for our unique natural destination and for Tourism Port Douglas Daintree, receiving a welcome report card from strategic consultants Destination Think!
Our local region has topped its audit of tourism destinations globally for the second consecutive year.
Within 48 hours of its launch, over 2500 people have signed a petition expressing their opposition to the Douglas Shire Council Mayor’s proposals threatening the Daintree World Heritage rainforest.