Council candidates respond to community questions
I promise a funding commitment, TPDD and the Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce are safe. We need to look at the promotion of the area, TPDD is exceptional but I won’t commit ten-fold, but I will look at increasing the money incrementally.
I will honour the commitment to 2013 but we need to have a long hard look at tourism contributors and how effective they are. The region depends on marketing, quality of product, services and investment of infrastructure - you cannot market a dead horse no matter how much money you throw at it, we need to make sure the product is right first.
The ALP put us into nearly $90 billion debt, the new government is more responsible but raising the rates to assist in Port Douglas is not possible, 17 per cent already default on rate payments. The commitment to TPDD is definitely available but we want to know how the money is being spent.
We tried to introduce the tourism levy in 2008 but we should have done it earlier, in the early 2000s, areas including Brisbane and the Gold Coast introduced the tourism levy to give additional funding and then the GFC hit and now we will have to wait until there is a healthy economy to re-introduce the levy, at the moment it’s not possible. only scanned it.
I need to have a look at it, I read it last night but need another look, reports look great but further decisions need to be made.
I only received it the night before, it’s 193 pages and I couldn’t print it out because I couldn’t afford the ink. Marketing groups need to get with the ages, they don’t understand the business, but as the last page says, share one vision, one voice, let’s get together with the councillors.
Council cannot make it happen but they can commit and I will work with a steering committee from the development and innovation team to look at the report and I will be at the table myself.
The water chlorination issue, the action without consultation, judgement of and from council staff, we need to resolve our issues and develop some trust. We need accountability for staff.
I will tip the council upside down, the middle/upper management is out of control and all departments want to do is block you. If I get the opportunity to get on board I’ll go through them like a bag of salts, the frontline are tremendous and have a great attitude we want that
Amalgamation was a dismal failure, de-amalgamation is probably the best outcome, but we have to live together for at least another 12 months and have to work hard to make it better. It’s the fault of council and at a senior management level, council need to work hard to amend its ways.
We need to leave the Douglas region alone, we need to de-amalgamate and there is money available - we have $5 million cash revenue available. I support de-amalgamation if that is the wish of the community.
We are in the middle of a contract for the Daintree service, we can’t change it that is why we are trialling free ferry periods and we are reviewing the situation and might change it in the future and are happy to look at it after the contract has concluded in a few years.
Ian Thomas: Countdown: Division 10 candidates Terry Melchert, Pete smith, Julia Leu and Bob Shaw
Margaret Cochrane: I have not read it yet,
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