Coun­cil ob­serves two-minute si­lence for Hazel

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A TWO-MINUTE si­lence was ob­served at yes­ter­day’s Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil meet­ing.

Long-time friend and Division 10 Coun­cil­lior Ju­lia Leu said she was deeply sad­dened by the loss of her friend.

“Hazel was very dear friend of 20 years and I will miss her ter­ri­bly,” Ms Leu said.

“One of her great strengths was that she was a uni­fy­ing force and deeply re­spected by the community.

“On im­por­tant is­sues she had the ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­ity to stand her ground but more im­por­tantly to ex­plain suc­cinctly her views to non-in­dige­nous peo­ple on cul­tural is­sues.

“This abil­ity, cou­pled with her ex­cel­lent peo­ple skills, saw her in­volved in many key fo­rums within the community and she was a tire­less worker within the community and ad­vo­cat­ing the im­por­tance of cul­ture and change when it was needed and al­ways with a smile on her face.

“As well as be­ing a very gen­er­ous woman, she was a true leader in ev­ery sense of the word and she was al­ready at the fore­front of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion long be­fore it had be­come part of the main­stream lan­guage.

“Her ef­forts in this arena had an im­pact far be­yond the Moss­man re­gion where she lived.

“It is a very sad day in­deed - we have lost a great woman and a strong war­rior for change and an amaz­ing role model for all of our community.

An­other friend Hi­lary Kuhn, who had known Ms Dou­glas since the ’90s, was also deeply sad­dened.

“Hazel was a fab­u­lous role model for the young women in her community and she has left be­hind a fab­u­lous legacy of im­part­ing her knowl­edge and her un­der­stand­ing of her coun­try,” Ms Kuhn said.

“She truly was ahead of her time when she started her tour guide busi­ness by in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple to all of the won­der­ful plant and an­i­mal species of the Dain­tree.

“She was a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the jus­tice net­work for Ja­bal­bina and a tire­less cam­paigner for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

“Her pass­ing is a big loss to the community and many of us have also lost a very dear friend.”

Ms Dou­glas’s funeral will be held next Wed­nes­day.

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