THE amalgamation of the Douglas Shire with the Cairns City Council, foisted upon the residents of the Douglas Shire by an arrogant, despotic and totally out of touch Labor Government, was a devastating blow to the residents of the Shire.
Since that event a lot of water has flown under the bridge, difficulties were and are still being encountered but the positives outweigh the negatives by far and should not be overlooked.
Those pushing for de-amalgamation are merely dancing with the fairies and are motivated by nostalgia and emotion.
The unscrambling of the egg would be a costly undertaking regardless of which costing formula is applied and the improvement of services is not guaranteed.
The additional cost of a mayor, councillors and numerous departmental heads plus all the associated lurks and perks would also need to be met by the already overburdened ratepayers.
Years of neglect of the area north of the Daintree River by the previous DSC have been addressed by CRC, the Alexandra Range Rd has been vastly improved, Tea Tree Rd has been bituminised and bridges over the Bloomfield River and Wobadda Creek are next to be built.
I can understand the desire of certain sectors of the business community of the Douglas region wanting a return to the good old days of enjoying a virtual monopoly of provision of services without having healthy competition to contend with.
The economics of a new DSC will leave ratepayers substantially out of pocket. We need de-amalgamation like the proverbial hole in the head.