Edi­tor’s com­ment:

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

QUEENS­LAND Premier Camp­bell New­man has jumped the first hur­dle in his com­mit­ment to the Dou­glas re­gion to in­ves­ti­gate the vi­a­bil­ity of de-amal­ga­ma­tion with his ap­point­ment of a Bound­aries Com­mis­sioner within his first 100 days in of­fice.

The Premier’s an­nounce­ment last Fri­day that for­mer Mackay Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Colin Meng would take up the role of Bound­aries Com­mis­sioner is a pos­i­tive ges­ture.

The State Gov­ern­ment has set the bar rea­son­ably high for com­mu­ni­ties to con­vince the com­mis­sioner of their suit­abil­ity for de-amal­ga­ma­tion.

Part of the cri­te­ria is a de­tailed cost es­ti­mate of de-amal­ga­ma­tion.

The Friends of the Dou­glas Shire have gone a long way to ful­fill­ing this re­quire­ment al­ready.

But the com­mis­sioner also re­quires the sig­na­tures of at least 20 per cent of the vot­ing pop­u­la­tion from the re­gion.

While this may sound sim­ple due to the dis­en­chant­ment of many peo­ple with the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil, it is a lot of sig­na­tures which need to be gath­ered in the next two months.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli has been blunt he is look­ing for sub­stance over sen­ti­ment in the de-amal­ga­ma­tion de­bate.

For our lo­cal com­mu­nity, it is time to start think­ing about what shape you want your lo­cal gov­ern­ment to take and why in the com­ing weeks as the op­por­tu­nity is only likely to come once.

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