Ed­i­tor’s com­ment:

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK - Greg Mclean Man­ag­ing ed­i­tor

NEW Mayor of Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil Bob Man­ning has earned the right to im­ple­ment his vi­sion for the re­gion with Satur­day’s crush­ing vic­tory at the polls for him­self and his Unity party.

With roughly triple the num­ber of votes of out­go­ing mayor Val Shier and six out of 10 of his Unity can­di­dates gain­ing a seat at the coun­cil ta­ble, Mr Man­ning can rightly de­clare he has the over­whelm­ing en­dorse­ment of the com­mu­nity.

While his first pri­or­ity will be to once and for all bury the Cairns En­ter­tain­ment Precinct, Mayor Man­ning also has plenty of is­sues to ad­dress in the Dou­glas re­gion in the near fu­ture.

He has al­ready stated his com­mit­ment to work with in­de­pen­dent Di­vi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu, who also scored a com­mand­ing vic­tory at the bal­lot box.

How this re­la­tion­ship de­vel­ops is in­te­gral to the fu­ture pros­per­ity of the re­gion.

The next 12 months will be the most im­por­tant in the short his­tory of the re­gional coun­cil for us, with the is­sues of de-amal­ga­ma­tion and the Port Dou­glas Waterfront at the cross­roads.

We should have a good un­der­stand­ing in the com­ing weeks about how the Mayor in­tends to tackle these.

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