Julia retains role on Cairns council
DIVISION 10 Councillor Julia Leu has been emphatically returned to office after her win in the local government elections on Saturday and is looking forward to working with members of the new council.
Cr Leu was one of only three councillors returned as Bob Manning’s Unity team swept to power in six of the 10 divisions.
She said the new council would have to get to work straight away as the new budget for the coming year was only weeks away.
“As soon as we are sworn in the budget will be the most important deliberation that we will all need to get in order so that we can begin to carry on all the various work that needs to be done,” Cr Leu said.
Once that has been cast, she said the next important issue would be the de-amalgamation of the former Douglas Shire.
“I’m thrilled to be re-elected and looking forward to the challenge of the new council,” Cr Leu said.
“I will make it a priority to develop a good relationship with new Mayor Bob Manning and the other councillors.
“At the same time I will be expecting the State Government to stick to their promise to establish a boundary commissioner within 100 days to commence the process to allow the Douglas community a referendum on de-amalgamation.
“The LNP Government and all candidates have committed to, or actively supported, de-amalgamation and Saturday’s election results have made it clearer than ever that amalgamation is never likely to work in Douglas.
“And the Division 10 election results demonstrate that the northern beaches obviously wanted their own representative, not someone from Douglas - regardless of how hard a Douglas-based person might work or what they may promise.
“Imagine it the other way round, how would Douglas feel if the Division 10 representative came from the northern beaches of Cairns, something that could easily happen if multiple candidates divided the vote in Douglas.
“The fact is Douglas is too far away and too different to ever be a happy suburb of Cairns.
“And the most widespread comment at all of the polling booths in Douglas was about de-amalgamation - with many people typically saying, ’I’m voting for whoever deamalgamates us’. The fact is all candidates said they supported de-amalgamation.”
Cr Leu said she’s “thrilled and re-invigorated” to get going with the new council and looking forward to being a strong voice for the Division 10 electorate.
Back for more: Julia Leu with supporters Mike Berwick, Jenni Sorensen and Mandy Stone on Saturday