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Fri 19 Dec

2014: The Year That Was

The Newsport has now closed up shop until January 5, 2015. 

Have a look back through what we've picked as the most significant stories of each month in the column to the right. 

From all the staff at the Newsport, we wish our readers in the Douglas Shire and beyond a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year. Your ongoing support has made our coverage of this wonderful part of the world possible. 

We'll see you all again for another year of dedicated local news, sport and more.

The government has said they want to put price signals on healthcare and carbon emissions. Right now, those price signals say 'don't get sick' and 'pollute all you want' - because the government is listening to the lobbyists and not the people. 

In the face of funding cuts the ABC should shed its already-outcompeted sports coverage instead of sacrificing its excellent news journalism and niche stories, writes Crispin Hull

Thinking of bikie clubs as 'guilty until proven innocent' puts us on a very dangerous path, writes Crispin Hull. 

Plenty of Port Douglas residents might be a bit ticked off that they're getting a concrete-only entrance roundabout, but Main Roads isn't budging, saying the limitations are for the safety of motorists.

An ambitious project to broadcast free Wi-Fi across Port Douglas aims to tap into the growing demand for constant internet connectivity from today's tourists. 

The franchisee managers of the new Dominos Port Douglas pizza outlet say their arrival will not destroy the town's relaxed atmosphere, as feared by many residents. 

Liberal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has slammed Prime Minister Tony Abbott over his claims criticisms of Chief of Staff Peta Credlin were 'sexist.' Click here for more information. 

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The new Douglas Shire opens after a historic de-amalgamation vote. 

Music legend Dolly Parton graced Far North Queensland with a series of peformances.

New Douglas Shire council mayor Julia Leu expresses disappointment at the State Government's decision to approve traffic lights at Mossman. 

Big-city news agencies were going berserk as Ita bore down on the Far North, but Newsport's calm-headed reporting on the cyclone's approach won us a Queensland Multi-Media Award.

New events like Yabusame horse archery and a surprise performance by Bernard Fanning help draw in massive numbers to Carnivale 2014. 

A project to resurface two sections of road in Port Douglas and Craiglie results in huge traffic queues and community outrage. 

July: Fugitives found after community tip-off

It was a scene near-unheard of in idyllic Port Douglas - two fugitives bolting from police and finally being apprehended with the assistance of the community (and maybe even a certain local online newspaper). 

The Crown of Thorns Starfish is one of the greatest threats to the Great Barrier Reef, but we're taking the fight to them, right here in Port Douglas. 

Sunset in the Park 2014 brought local musicians and community groups together to entertain locals and tourists alike. 

This one really took off: footage of what appears to be a giant humanoid figure crouched in a cave,  somewhere deep in Douglas Shire. Is it fantasy or fact? You be the judge.

Fast-food chain Dominos Pizza announces that they will open a store in Port Douglas. Locals are polarised - will the pizza joint mean more choice for consumers or does it spell death for Douglas's small-town atmosphere?

The Mossman and Port Douglas community is left in shock after the tragic death of 18-year-old Daniel Smith from a shark attack on Rudder Reef. 

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It's Mudcrab Season! Click here to see how the C-Grade Astute Finanical Muddies went against the Rovers in the searing summer heat over the weekend.

The Astute Financial Muddies C Grade side are in with a chance at the Grand Final - if they can take down the formidable Rovers. 

The Astute Financial Muddies are in the lead after their first game against the Mulgrave Punjabi narrowly made it to play despite concerns over waterlogged ground.

Click here to see the results from the latest round on the greens at Mossman Golf Club. 

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