Coun­cil can­di­dates respond to com­mu­nity ques­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Mar­garet Cochrane:

Bob Man­ning:

Ian Thomas: Count­down: Di­vi­sion 10 can­di­dates Terry Melchert, Pete smith, Ju­lia Leu and Bob Shaw

Val Schier:

Mar­garet Cochrane: I have not read it yet,

Bob Man­ning:

Ian Thomas:

Val Schier:

Val Schier:

Ian Thomas: through­out. Bob Man­ning:

Mar­garet Cochrane:

Ju­lia Leu:

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