Coun­cil sworn in

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL­LORS were of­fi­cially sworn in yes­ter­day and new Mayor Bob Man­ning claims he is ready to tackle the big is­sues fac­ing the Dou­glas re­gion.

With the for­mal­i­ties over, it is down to busi­ness with the Mayor meet­ing with coun­cil man­agers and staff for a brief­ing and the Port Dou­glas Mas­ter Plan is at the top of the agenda.

“Our com­mit­ment was to talk with peo­ple up there and com­mit to a pro­gram so peo­ple un­der­stood where that’s at, I cer­tainly don’t have a clear picture and I don’t think many peo­ple in Port Dou­glas have a very clear picture,” he said.

“I think it’s the big­gest is­sue out­side of de-amal­ga­ma­tion for Port Dou­glas and we need to clar­ify op­tions.

“We’ve got grand plans for Di­vi­sion 10 and for the whole area, it’s very im­por­tant we get a coun­cil that’s functionally op­er­a­tive and which looks af­ter all 10 di­vi­sions with a de­gree of fair­ness and equal­ity in terms of how things hap­pen.”

Brief­ings will con­tinue be­fore the new Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil gets into analysing the bud­get and con­duct­ing re­ports for their first Or­di­nary Meet­ing in Cairns in two weeks.

Yes­ter­day’s meet­ing was to for­mally swear in the coun­cil and elect the new deputy - Di­vi­sion Four’s Terry James.

Re-elected Di­vi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said she felt priv­i­leged to be elected for a sec­ond term and would fo­cus on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, projects that cre­ate jobs, in­creased tourism ap­peal and di­ver­si­fy­ing the econ­omy.

“I want to en­sure that Coun­cil has the types of pro­grams, poli­cies and a plan­ning scheme that stim­u­lates our econ­omy and pro­tects our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and unique bio­di­ver­sity,” she said.

“I be­lieve that this can be achieved by fos­ter­ing a prac­ti­cal and sus­tain­able ap­proach to man­ag­ing the eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal needs of the re­gion.”

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