Schier vows support
CAIRNS Regional Council Mayor Val Schier has vowed to support de-amalgamation now the LNP won Government.
Cr Schier said that despite four years of hard work and high quality service delivery in the Douglas region, she conceded the community still wanted to de-amalgamate.
“The LNP clearly raised the issue of de-amalgamation in their election campaign and said that they would look at re-instating the former Douglas Shire if it was possible,” Cr Schier said.
“And now that the Council elections are due I feel that I need to say that I am fully behind the move and will support the new Government 100 percent in whatever they choose to do.
“And even though there has been no definitive survey conducted to find out for sure if this is what the majority of people what, there is very strong anecdotal evidence that this is the case.
“We’ve worked very hard in the Douglas region to make the improvements and deliver better services using the economies of scale of a larger council.
“However, it has become clear to me that we cannot provide the level of community engagement and localised decision making the Douglas community wants and deserves.”
Cr Schier acknowledged that the community dissatisfaction over issues such as the removal of coconut palms at Four Mile Park, the Waterfront lagoon and chlorination of the water supply all contributed to her decision.
“Douglas is a very special place and it is very difficult to give an area special treatment within an amalgamated council,” she said.
“I have tried my best to meet the aspirations of the Douglas community but it is clear that their main aspiration is to have their own local government.
“Council will remain amalgamated for the upcoming election and I hope to continue to represent the people of Douglas and advocate for their de-amalgamation during the next term of council.”
Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu supported Cr Schier’s push for de-amalgamation.
“There is a strong desire by many people to get back our shire so we can have control over how money is spent, rating and fee structures and what projects are funded,” Cr Leu said.