Port Douglas – Carnivale In The Village

Port Douglas Carnivale began in 1993 and initially was designed to celebrate the opening of the tourist season and market Port Douglas as a holiday destination to both domestic and international visitors.

Carnivale is an award winning event and it is a week long party often described as the most exciting event of the year in Port Douglas.

A unique affair Port Douglas Carnivale is a celebration that attracts and inspires an enormous amount of participation from the local residents, businesses and industry. Almost the entire community actively takes part: be it in an event or as a spectator. As a result, the turnout grows from year to year and many tourists make a point of returning each year to be involved in the celebration of culture, wine and cuisine.

This year the theme is “Stars under the stars” and will include the introduction of new events such as the “Over The Fence” Comedy Film Festival which will be held at the Karnak Playhouse, Port Douglas Outdoor Cinema and a “Captive of the Headhunters’ Exhibit in Cow Bay.

Please see table below for a comprehensive event guide.

The launch of the Port Douglas Carnivale is the Carnivale Masquerade Cocktail Party is with this years theme of “Art of Masquerade”. Held at the historical old Sugar Wharf.

All time favourite events including the street fiesta which will see the main street of Port Douglas (Macrossan Street) blocked off to vehicles and turned into a mammoth street party. All night alfresco dining from over 80 restaurants and food stalls, fine wine, live music, street theatre, fireworks and the highlight that is the float and parade ensures that the Port Douglas Carnivale is always spectacular.

On Saturday evening among the swaying palms “Food, Wine & A Taste of Port” serves up an exciting taste sensation as the full moon rises over the coral sea and you can experience the reason why Port Douglas is renowned for being amongst the best dining in Australia.

Many other events not to be missed include the Blessing of the fleet, the Marina Mirage longest lunch, the Four Mile Beach family fun day, the Marina Mirage Seafood Extravaganza, not to mention the Port Douglas golf challenge, regatta, fishing competition and twilight sail.

Port Douglas Carnivale has something for everyone and is a tropical celebration of tropical life.

EVENT CALENDAR

PORT DOUGLAS VILLAGE CARNIVALE

20-29 May 2005

20 May Sea Temple Masquerade Cocktail Party

20-29 May Sea Temple Carnivale Art Exhibition

20-29 May Kuku Yalanji Art Exhibition

20-29 May Carnivale @ Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

20-29 May Carnivale in the Daintree & Cape Tribulation

20-29 May “Captive of the Head Hunters” Art & Artefacts Exhibition

21 May Inaugural Carnivale Tennis Cup

21 May Reef ‘n’ Rainforest Race Day

21 & 22 May Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival

21 & 22 May Port Douglas Yacht Club Fishing Competition

21 & 28 May Soccer Time at Carnivale

22 May Trinity Cycle Works Criterium

23-29 May Port Douglas Outdoor Cinema & Family Entertainment

24 & 25 May The 2005 Port Douglas Golf Challenge

24-29 May Sea Temple Carnivale Corporate Mask Competition

25 May WAGLS Twilight Sail

28, 28, 29 May Hogs Breath Clipper Cup Series Regatta

27 May Blessing of the Fleet

27 May Marina Mirage Longest Lunch

27 May Lotsa Printing Carnivale on Macrossan Street Fiesta

27 May Court House Hotel Fireworks Spectacular

28 May ANZ Bank Four Mile Beach Family Fun Day

28 May Food & Wine & A Taste of Port

29 May Marina Mirage Seafood Extravaganza

Port Douglas Carnivale 2006 – next year’s carnivale dates have not yet been finalised. Watch this space for more information.

US Bank Account – What If You Have One As a Non Resident?

These days online, everyone is talking about having a bank account in the country of the United States. This is the rave of the moment. What is the need for a US bank account? What happens if I have a US Bank account as a non resident? We would try to answer this question in this article.

I the past, having a bank account in your place of abode, the city in your country was all you needed to operate your business efficiently. This is no more the case, thanks to the Internet and the communication age which has changed everything in the way we live and operate.

No more are we contented with what goes on in our country. The world has now become one big global village. Thanks to the Internet, you can be selling from your remote location to the whole world.

How to collect your payments from customers scattered around the globe now becomes a problem. In comes the credit card payment processors and the huge affiliate networks online. Over 90% of theses companies are based in the United States.

What this means is that if they are going to pay you, it has to be from their base and that is the United States of America. How to receive the payment fast becomes the problem. You need your money fast to add to your cash flow and be able to operate more. Let us look at the options to pay you from the companies in the United States.

First and the old customary way is to cut and mail a check to you. This can take anywhere from 5-8 weeks to reach you depending on your geographical location. When you get the check, you take it to your local bank to help you clear and get the funds. Your local bank will take the check and send it back to her correspondent or Agent bank in the US to help here clear the check. There are costs associated with this.

Your bank will charge you for courier service and then they are there to make profits or income.

Typically the charge is around $50 to $100 per check. For all you know the check could be for a face value of $150-$200. So how much is left for you after this?

After the check is cleared, the correspondent bank will give credit to your local bank who will in turn pass value to you. This whole thing can take up to 6-8 weeks minimum to complete. For my bank, it is 3 straight months that you have to wait before you can be sure of the fund being good.

We are assuming everything goes well. They could be some delays. Your check can even get missing in transit and so on. Then you could be looking at a very long period of wait before you can see your money.

Now let us consider someone who has a US Bank account even as a non resident. First the person will be paid by what they call the automated clearing house system (ACH) or direct deposit. This takes about 2-3 days to hit your account and you can easily take the fund from your local ATM via the card the US Bank would have given you which is linked to your account. Compare 3 days to 10 weeks and then you would realize the fuss about a US bank account.

This is a definite necessity if you are online and making money. You want to be able to lay hands on your fund as soon as possible. This is what it is all about with a US bank account.

Residential Solar Energy Systems Power the Witchcliffe Eco-Village

Residential solar energy systems do not need to be isolated systems providing power for one individual home. They are most effective when grouped to service a complete land development or sub-division. A prime example of this can be seen in a new eco-village development at Witchcliffe, near Margaret River, Western Australia.

Sustainable Green Building Design

If most Australians were aware of what was going to happen to planet earth this century, they would be lining up to buy a house and land package in an environmentally sustainable eco-village.

Shaping such a development is not a simple task. A developer needs to be fully aware of how to design a sustainable residential subdivision and set guidelines that will work. Correct green building design must be incorporated into every unit. It is imperative that solid guidelines are attached to property developments to deliver outcomes that are a win for the residents, the community and the environment, by reducing energy and water and conserving the natural world.

For a small developer, joining forces with a major real estate development company with high ethics is a smart move for all involved. In this case it gave the smaller developer of the project the financial clout it needed to succeed. Whilst so many dream, very few successfully act and deliver.

Affordable Housing

A developer needs to start by considering the needs and best interests of the community. In Margaret River, not everyone is a retired real estate agent or doctor, or has a large bank account. They may not be rich in financial resources but they are good, down-to-earth people who greatly appreciate nature and want to help co-exist with it.

Unfortunately the huge explosion in the demand for large expensive houses by those mainly benefiting from the mining boom in Western Australia, has pushed up consumption, energy use and the sizes of houses.

With building costs skyrocketing over the last few years, many people have had the dream of owning their own home all but destroyed. This particular developer in Margaret River decided from the beginning when buying the land, to not only to do something for the environment, but to also tackle the issue of affordability. By producing correctly designed, small blocks as part of a wider community, he has combined economies of scale and collective action, to reduce the costs of a house and land to within the reach of the average person in the region. At the same time it makes it attractive for similar people in the city to opt for an alternative style of living.

His timing is impeccable. Energy use is set to increase by 50% world-wide thus compounding the greenhouse effect. It will also produce huge increases in energy prices in the next couple of decades, as all known sources of energy are depleted. The cost-effective residential solar energy systems used provide power for a groups of homes, not just single units.

Alternative Lifestyle

What we now call an ‘alternative’ lifestyle may not be described this way for much longer. If the world keeps going the way it is, then we are going to need more of this style of living. The growth of energy use and the depletion of the world’s energy resources will ensure that conventional lifestyles will not be afforded by anyone except the wealthy and those lacking public consciousness.

Healthy food and fresh clean water is the key to a healthy life and through cutting-edge water technology and productive landscaping, a well designed development such as this will deliver these precious commodities to all residents. Food and water bills will be kept to a minimum. This will be a great environment to bring up children and create a generation of socially and scientifically, sustainable people.

Green by Design

The developers also had the good sense to enlist an environmentalist and expert sustainable landscape designer and gardener, to ensure that the gardens and landscape are designed in detail to complement their vision for the estate.

The vision for this eco-village is to create a world leading sustainable community in Witchcliffe. The village will comprise 180 strata titled home sites with an extensive range of on-site infrastructure and services to create a world-leading example of sustainable development that achieves:

  • 100% net power generation on site with solar PV and wind turbines,
  • 100% self-sufficiency in water through on-site rainwater harvesting,
  • 100% production of seasonal fresh produce on site,
  • Class A recycled water for household garden and toilets,
  • all homes to face expansive open space and community gardens,
  • high-efficiency, solar passive homes,
  • affordable house and land packages,
  • on-site wind turbines to provide free charging for up to 100 electric vehicles,
  • a local energy grid that employs smart grid technology

Micro Solar Economy

As a solar energy specialist deeply concerned with the problems of climate change and the contribution that our built environment makes to pollution, I am pleased with this initiative and wish the developer every success for the project.

Solar energy in the forms of passive solar, green building design of the individual houses, photovoltaic panels and solar water heating, all will form a lynch pin to make this development a truly ‘micro solar’ economy. When combined with the organic approaches to water collection, grey water and waste recycling and the generation of bio fuels (courtesy of the greatest energy gift – the sun), the beneficial consequences from this development will be far-reaching.