CAIRNS Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning earned a mandate to deliver his no-frills budget handed down on Monday with his crushing victory at the polls in April.
Throughout his campaign he foreshadowed a frugal approach to office, with the top priority being to get the council’s budget balanced.
By winning so decisively, there were no surprises in his matter-of-fact delivery of the budget on Monday.
There can be no complaints about stimulating job creation or feeding the delivery of major infrastructure projects when the Mayor is only doing what he set out to do.
While a 3.7 per cent average rate rise is a commendable achievement, the lack of vision and movement for major projects in the region is a concern.
The Port Douglas Waterfront and the Daintree Gateway both received $500,000, but that is hardly enough to give them serious momentum.
Our region is experiencing one of the busiest tourist seasons for several years but it has been an incredibly tough slog for many. If we don’t start to plan for the future now and get started on projects to keep our local tradesmen busy then we could be back on the bones of our bum quicker than a politician can change the subject.