Ed­i­tor’s com­ment:

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

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.

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