DEA­MAL­GA­MA­TION

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DEA­MAL­GA­MA­TION might be a hot is­sue right now in the Dou­glas re­gion but Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil has taken a cold stance and not al­lo­cated any money in the event it oc­curs in this year’s bud­get.

Mayor Bob Man­ning said the coun­cil is wait­ing for the bound­aries com­mis­sioner to present his re­port.

“Once the re­port is re­ceived it will be de­ter­mined if this goes to the next phase and there is no money specif­i­cally al­lo­cated for that,” he said.

“If the next step is taken and the Gov­ern­ment in­di­cated dea­mal­ga­ma­tion will oc­cur this coun­cil will op­er­ate with the Gov­ern­ment and the for­mer Dou­glas Shire to give ef­fect to this de­ci­sion.”

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli has writ­ten into the Gazette and said the re­gion should try to make amal­ga­ma­tion work be­cause “the so­cial and fi­nan­cial cost to dea­mal­ga­mate could be even worse”.

“It would be ir­re­spon­si­ble to al­low com­mu­ni­ties to dea­mal­ga­mate on a whim, only to have peo­ple re­volt months later at the prospect of higher rates to pay for it,” he said.

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