Ju­lia re­tains role on Cairns coun­cil

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Photo by MAR­TINE COT­TON

Back for more: Ju­lia Leu with sup­port­ers Mike Ber­wick, Jenni Sorensen and Mandy Stone on Satur­day

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