Waterfront review Unity
MAYORAL candidate Bob Manning
and his Unity team candidate for Division 10 Pete Smith
have announced a review of the Port Douglas Waterfront Master Plan if they win office.
But neither have read detailed reports about the Waterfront which are available on the Cairns Regional Council website.
Mr Manning and Mr Smith officially launched their tilt for office at a press conference outside St Mary’s By The Sea chapel on Monday and outlined their support for de-amalgamation if the community wishes but promised to “go the extra mile” to make amalgamation work.
Asked if he had read the Port Douglas Master Plan implementation consultation report released last August which sets out in detail recommendations and the reasons behind them, Mr Manning said he had only “read some of the report”.
Mr Smith had not read the report either but claims the Waterfront was a prime example of “the bureaucrats bulldozing their own agenda upon the people of this area who have been treated with disdain”.
“A Bob Manning Unity council, will, in talks with the community and affected stakeholders, initiate an immediate and open review of this project to ensure this development - the most significant public infrastructure to ever be constructed in Port Douglas - meets the aspirations of this community,” he said.
The contracts of all council managers will also be examined to see if they should keep their jobs, Mr Manning said.
“If I am elected to be the new mayor of the Cairns Regional Council, the first thing I will do is to look at the present contracts and see what terms they have to run and for what period of time they have been negotiated,” Mr Manning said.
Mr Smith said that the recent cutting down of the coconut trees at Four Mile Beach was a clear example how the council does not listen.
As for de-amalgamation, Mr Manning said he would like to see the amalgamation work in the first instance.
“I know I could make the amalgamation work, I would like to see the amalgamation work and to end all the bitterness and frustration that has followed this issue since it first began,” he said.
But equally, Mr Manning said he would support de-amalgamation and said if that is what the LNP decided, and the people of the former Douglas shire still wanted.