Ex­ex­ceeds ex­ex­pec­ta­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

I WWOULD like to en­dorse Ju­li­aju Leu, the cur­rent Divi­sion­div 10 coun­cil­lor as the only choice at this Satur­day’s elec­tion.

I think she has ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions in terms of com­mit­ment, abil­ity, com­mu­nity knowl­edge and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Ju­lia has been look­ing af­ter the in­ter­ests of the old Dou­glas Shire, Clifton Beach and Palm Cove un­der the most dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

The ma­jor­ity of Cairns coun­cil­lors treat Dou­glas as pre­cious, de­mand­ing, dif­fi­cult and un­rea­son­able.

Those things that are pre­cious to us make no sense to the CRC ma­chine - for ex­am­ple, chem­i­cal-free water, fixed ur­ban boundaries, our own unique tourism and agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries and a strong con­ser­va­tion ethos.

Ju­lia is con­cil­ia­tory on the one hand, much more than I ever was, de­ter­mined on the other.

Her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties have been huge - we are a di­verse com­mu­nity, which now in­cludes Clifton Beach and Palm Cove, an area big­ger than all the rest of the other di­vi­sions com­bined, and pre­vi­ously served by a to­tal of six coun­cil­lors and mayor.

Dou­glas has its own in­ter­na­tional tourism in­dus­try, sugar in­dus­try and con­ser­va­tion icons of in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance.

I know it is im­pos­si­ble to please ev­ery­one but the other can­di­dates are not in the same league.

Pete Smith has no record of broad-based com­mu­nity ser­vice, nor any ex­pe­ri­ence of lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Terry Melchert was dis­missed as the CEO of the for­mer Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil fol­low­ing an in­de­pen­dent per­for­mance as­sess­ment and I’ve never heard of the bloke from the north­ern beaches.

It’s time to end the ex­trav­a­gance and bal­ance the bud­get to lower our rates.

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