‘Democ­racy is dead in Dou­glas’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

SADLY, yet again it seems that democ­racy is well and truly dead for Dou­glas.

How can five coun­cil­lors who live in Cairns defy the ad­vice of Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil staff, our plan­ning scheme and State Govern­ment ad­vice and give the go-ahead to a devel­op­ment at Wonga Beach?

For­mer Dou­glas Shire mayor Mike Ber­wick fought hard and long against this devel­op­ment.

Now the daugh­ter of the de­vel­oper has talked five coun­cil­lors into giv­ing this un­for­tu­nate devel­op­ment the red light.

Have any of these coun­cil­lors ever vis­ited Wonga? Do they re­alise the bur­den that all these new houses will put on coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture, let alone how many more cars will be us­ing lo­cal roads, to say noth­ing of the high­way from Port Dou­glas into Cairns. Let’s not men­tion the wet­land. I fail to un­der­stand how lo­cal laws can be waived on the vote of five peo­ple who do not live in, or un­der­stand, the area.

Can Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and the five coun­cil­lors in­volved ex­plain this to us?

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