Schier vows sup­port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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