TERRY MELCHERT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A: I will sup­port the com­mu­nity view as de­ter­mined by a ref­er­en­dum. I am well placed to ad­vise on ac­count­ing, fi­nance and other pro­cesses re­quired to make sure de-amal­ga­ma­tion works to the ad­van­tage of the com­mu­nity. For de-amal­ga­ma­tion to work the full fi­nan­cial, as­set and op­er­at­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of the for­mer Dou­glas Coun­cil would have to be re­in­stated for the com­mu­nity to gain ben­e­fit from the change. B: While we do not have an agreed plan we do have a good plan for con­sul­ta­tion and I will use this to en­cour­age Coun­cil to con­duct as soon as pos­si­ble a proper and holis­tic con­sul­ta­tion process with more proac­tive full com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. I will seek rea­son­able fund­ing from the Coun­cil bud­get process and also seek a more eq­ui­table share of re­gional grants. C: I will be avail­able on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to al­low the com­mu­nity di­rect face to face ac­cess with me and will respond to all phone calls within 24 hours. Com­mu­nity pri­or­i­ties in­clude elec­toral ar­range­ments and de-amal­ga­ma­tion, the Port Dou­glas Waterfront, more fre­quent park and verge mow­ing and bet­ter play­grounds, restora­tion of chem­i­cal-free water and en­gag­ing and de­vel­op­ing the tourism and agri­cul­ture busi­ness sec­tors. D: There is an im­por­tant role Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree (TPDD) could play in gal­vanis­ing the opin­ions of the var­i­ous in­ter­est groups. It has ful­filled this type role in the past quite well by bring­ing var­i­ous tourism groups to­gether un­der one um­brella. The job will not be easy and I will be seek­ing $100,000 to $150,000 in the 2012/2013 coun­cil bud­get to fa­cil­i­tate the process. E: I will be con­sult­ing with In­dus­try groups about ways of stim­u­lat­ing busi­ness and agri­cul­ture. In Di­vi­sion 10 busi­ness ac­tiv­ity is quite stressed and I will do any­thing I can to en­cour­age re­duc­tions in all Gov­ern­ment rates, fees and charges. I will work with coun­cil in lob­by­ing all lev­els of gov­ern­ment on these is­sues and in pro­mot­ing gov­ern­ment in­dus­try as­sis­tance pack­ages.

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