Race for Di­vi­sion 10 place

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE race to rep­re­sent Di­vi­sion 10 on the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil is shap­ing up as an in­trigu­ing con­test.

In­cum­bent Ju­lia Leu has done an ad­mirable job in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances as the first lo­cal coun­cil­lor since the de-amal­ga­ma­tion of the Dou­glas Shire in 2008 but faces some stiff com­pe­ti­tion to re­tain her po­si­tion.

Port Dou­glas businessman Pete Smith is the Unity team’s can­di­date and with Bob Man­ning the hot favourite to win the may­oral race he is sure to at­tract strong sup­port.

For­mer Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil CEO Terry Melchert, who was sacked in 2007 and later won a huge pay­out, has promised im­proved fi­nan­cial man­age­ment and more com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

Palm Cove’s Bob Shaw, the found­ing pres­i­dent of Tourism Palm Cove and for­mer board mem­ber of TTNQ, claims the north- ern beaches have been ne­glected and adds an­other el­e­ment to the mix.

Re­gard­less of who wins on Satur­day, they have a huge job ahead of them de­liv­er­ing out­comes for what is un­doubt­edly the tough­est job in lo­cal pol­i­tics due to the huge area and di­verse in­ter­ests the Di­vi­sion en­com­passes.

The Gazette caught up with all the can­di­dates to get their po­si­tion on a few key lo­cal is­sues.

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