Mayor keen to visit region
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