THE official election campaign is not even a day old and already I’m fatigued and feeling slightly queezy about what will - or more pertinently won’t - be in it for the Douglas region.
Labor’s Jason O’brien is keen to continue upgrading the highway and formulating an economic plan for Mossman - beauty, why didn’t anyone else think of that in the past few years.
The LNP’S David Kempton is going to get rid of “super departments of Government” by creating another department - the logical solution of course. He’s also going to “revisit” the cyclone shelter and build a much larger facility that can cater for more people - great objective, but you might want to have a word to the contractor who plans to start work on the shelter at the proposed site more than one month before you may or may not get elected.
The Australian Party’s Lachlan Bensted is going to hold a referendum on de-amalgamation in the former Douglas Shire without analysing any of the financial implications for ratepayers. If you want it, vote for him and you can have it. He also wants to build major new infrastructure including extending the rail line up to Weipa so all the businesses along the line a way of getting their prducts to market. A big vision, but I’d like to see the sums on it before you tax me for it.
Not one of the three main candidates promised to help fund the Waterfront.
Not very promising.