Be pre­pared

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

DEA­MAL­GA­MA­TION for the most of us will be fan­tas­tic.

We will be able to get back con­trol of the money we pay as our rates.

Our new coun­cil will be able to di­rect our rate monies to the part of our new Dou­glas shire to ar­eas where it is most needed.

Be­fore this can be achieved, we must take the time to be in­formed of the rel­e­vant pro­ce­dures and up-to-date costs of this ex­er­cise.

Let’s not go into this ven­ture with­out the knowl­edge we will come out as well off as we were when amal­ga­ma­tion was forced upon us with­out our con­sent or con­sul­ta­tion.

We should all look at the in­for­ma­tion avail­able as to the pro­ce­dure of dea­mal­ga­ma­tion, so that we will all be 100 per cent in­formed of this pro­ce­dure and will all be able to con­trib­ute to the de­ci­sions that will have to be made by the ma­jor­ity of the for­mer shire.

The de­ci­sion is up to us, but let’s look at the real up­front cost to us all.

The fig­ure of $3 mil­lion which has been put into the pub­lic eye is not even half the amount re­quired by this most im­por­tant ven­ture. So let’s get pre­pared. Un­pre­pared dea­mal­ga­ma­tions have al­ready led to rate rises of 50-75 per cent.

Let’s get in­formed of pro­ce­dures. Let’s get in­formed of real costs.

Now, if it all adds up, let’s do it. But let’s be pre­pared, in­formed, con­fi­dent and very care­ful.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.