Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

JUST over four years ago Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil ceased to ex­ist. So has the dust set­tled af­ter the re­gion was amal­ga­mated into Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil? For some the an­swer is yes, for oth­ers it is a re­sound­ing no.

With the LNP promis­ing to re­view amal­ga­mated coun­cils and per­haps pro­ceed with a re­ver­sal, all candi- dates have com­mit­ted to a greater or lesser de­gree a not dis­sim­i­lar ap­proach.the Cairns En­ter­tain­ment Precinct is an­other ma­jor is­sue with can­di­dates Mar­garet Cochrane and Bob Man­ning push­ing for a lower priced fa­cil­ity at a nearby lo­ca­tion while Ian Thomas wishes a halt called In­cum­bent Mayor Val Shier, is de­ter­mined the project should pro­ceed as it stands.

While im­por­tant, these are not the sole is­sues on the may­oralty that we will vote on next week.

To that end we at the Gazette have put a se­ries of ques­tions to the can­di­dates that we be­lieve are rel­e­vant to peo­ple of Dou­glas. I have a great de­sire to pro­vide an agri­cul­ture dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre in Cairns which cer­tainly has the po­ten­tial to at­tract in­vestors. I will work closely with the table­land coun­cil and farm­ers and all agri-busi­nesses in our di­vi­sions to pro­vide cold, freezer and dry stor­age for all lo­cal pro­duce from fruit and veg­eta­bles to deli items. I have iden­ti­fied tens of mil­lions of dol­lars of coun­cil waste and mis­man­age­ment. These sav­ings should al­low coun­cil to give all ratepay­ers a break 2012/13 with the same rate charges as 2011/12. Coun­cil should then be able to cap rates at CPI in fol­low­ing years

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