Amal­ga­ma­tion ‘fine’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LETTERS -

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.

Fred

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