Bob Man­ning

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Unity has a strong can­di­date in Di­vi­sion 10 in Pete Smith. Pete is a long term res­i­dent of the Moss­man/port Dou­glas area and has also been in busi­ness there most of this time. Unity is com­mit­ted to Di­vi­sion 10 and the Moss­man/port Dou­glas/dain­tree regions. In fact we are the only ones who have demon­strated this sort of com­mit­ment by stand­ing a can­di­date in all Di­vi­sions. Im­me­di­ately upon elec­tion and in con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity we will ini­ti­ate an im­me­di­ate re­view of the pro­posed waterfront project so as to en­sure - a) the scope of the work is clearly un­der­stood by all, b) cost and cost al­lo­ca­tions are clear, c) a works pro­gram is es­tab­lished, d) crit­i­cal path mile­stones are agreed. My pri­or­i­ties for the Dou­glas re­gion is to pro­vide for the ‘good gov­ern­ment’ of that area in­clud­ing - a) trans­parency and ef­fec­tive­ness, b) serv­ing the public in­ter­est, c) sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment of in­fra­struc­ture and as­sets, d) so­cial in­clu­sion, e) com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. The re­ten­tion of farm­ing land will be a high pri­or­ity for a Unity Coun­cil. We will be keen to work with in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives from within Div 10 to un­der­stand what fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties might be avail­able and how these might be con­verted. Will you pur­sue a low­er­ing in rates in line with the sig­nif­i­cant land de­val­u­a­tions as has oc­curred in the ma­jor­ity of the Dou­glas re­gion . . . Why, or why not? Unity will op­er­ate a ‘low cost base’ Coun­cil. Suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented this will trans­fer through to lower costs for ratepay­ers. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween val­u­a­tions and rates is not a di­rect one and I can­not give a sim­ple an­swer to your propo­si­tion.

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