Waterfront re­view Unity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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.

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