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