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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK - Greg Mclean Man­ag­ing editor

THE Friends of the Dou­glas Shire de­serve plenty of recog­ni­tion for their ef­forts in main­tain­ing the de-amal­ga­ma­tion de­bate.

Whether you sup­port the con­cept or not or are un­sure, the fact of the mat­ter is there are only two re­gions in the whole of Queens­land which are con­sid­ered vi­able propo­si­tions for de-amal­ga­ma­tion - here and Noosa.

This is based on the per­sis­tent ef­forts of these com­mu­ni­ties to raise their op­po­si­tion to amal­ga­ma­tion.

There are many fac­tors to con­sider in the pros and cons of de-amal­ga­ma­tion and these are yet to be­come crys­tal clear.

While ev­ery com­mu­nity would pre­fer more au­ton­omy, the cost of this is a con­sid­er­able fac­tor.

Former Dou­glas Shire man­ager David Carey has done an ad­mirable job in com­pil­ing the facts and fig­ures he pre­sented to Mon­day night’s meet­ing at the Moss­man Shire Hall.

But the sim­ple fact is he was un­able to ob­tain all the data re­quired to do a com­plete anal­y­sis.

What did emerge from Mon­day night’s meet­ing is that if you do con­sider de-amal­ga­ma­tion as an op­tion, then the LNP pre­sented a much stronger case than the Aus­tralian Party.

If de-amal­ga­ma­tion is to oc­cur, then the com­mu­nity needs to be pre­sented with a true cost of the process.

This is not some­thing which can be done in a few months, but re­quires up to two years to fully un­der­stand.

While the Dou­glas re­gion may get its in­de­pen­dence back with de-amal­ga­ma­tion, what are the im­pacts of this on the Wa­ter­front, the Dain­tree Gate­way project or the $40 mil­lion up­grade of the Moss­man sew­er­age treat­ment plant.

Would the re­gion be sac­ri­fic­ing one or all of these im­por­tant projects if we were not part of a larger coun­cil?

I don’t know that, and I’m not sure any­one truly does, but at least due to the com­mit­ment of the FODS and their sup­port­ers the af­fects of de-amal­ga­ma­tion may be prop­erly pro­cessed.

It was a great turnout at Mon­day night’s meet­ing, but there were only a hand­ful of peo­ple un­der the age of 40 there and these are the ones that need to get en­gaged in the is­sue most of all.

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