Council sworn in
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.”