Mayor keen to visit re­gion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Bob Man­ning is yet to visit the Dou­glas re­gion since be­ing elected into of­fice 40 days ago.

All 10 coun­cil­lors vis­ited the Moss­man ad­min­is­tra­tion cen­tre on Mon­day in a pri­vate meet­ing to be in­tro­duced to coun­cil staff and go through house­keep­ing, how­ever, Mr Man­ning was sick.

He also pulled out of com­mit­ments dur­ing Car­ni­vale, miss­ing en­tirely the com­mu­nity’s ma­jor festival which re­lies on coun­cil fund­ing.

Mr Man­ning has promised to visit soon and ad­dress is­sues specif­i­cally re­lated to the Dou­glas re­gion, in­clud­ing the Waterfront, which he is wait­ing to be prop­erly briefed be­fore out­lin­ing his agenda.

“I’m a bit across it and have spo­ken to a lot of peo­ple up there and been on site a num­ber of times to look at it and form a view of my own on what’s hap­pen­ing,” he said.

“The waterfront de­vel­op­ment and la­goon idea in Port Dou­glas is just as, if not more so, im­por­tant than the waterfront de­vel­op­ment in Cairns, which has been a great success - it’s of the same mag­ni­tude.”

Mr Man­ning stands by his pre-elec­tion prom­ise to re­place the 49 co­conut palm trees chopped down by coun­cil on the south­ern end of Four Mile Beach with ma­ture plants but there have been no de­ci­sions made on what to do with the site.

And when it comes to the ap­pear­ance of Four Mile Beach, which has sparked com­mu­nity de­bate on whether it should be cleaned or left alone, Mr Man­ning said more in­ves­ti­ga­tion is needed.

“The counter ar­gu­ment that the stuff should be left to rot away I find a bit strange to me, what’s wrong with pick­ing up rub­bish and branches and hav­ing the beach look­ing pris­tine,” he said.

“It seems silly you can’t go along and tidy up the beach, I don’t know if we need trac­tors go­ing up and down with rakes but it’s nec­es­sary for a pe­ri­odic clean-up, es­pe­cially lead­ing up to the tourism sea­son, so the area can be pre­sented beau­ti­fully.

“We need to present the area in a way that looks good, clean, tidy and doesn’t looked un­cared for.”

Mr Man­ning said the coun­cil would look into the reg­u­la­tions on beach clean­ing and across all other is­sues and promised he will be up for a visit soon.

Mak­ing his way here: Mayor Bob Man­ning

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