FODS toast ‘brighter future’
AFTER five years of fighting, the Friends of Douglas Shire have achieved their objective.
A 14 per cent margin decided the fate of the Douglas region and FODS spokesman Robert Hanan said they are looking forward to getting back to self-determination.
‘‘We will be keeping a close eye on what’s going on but FODS itself has achieved its objective to get the shire back and from here it’s up to the people,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a very sweet victory and a real credit to the community supporters we had that encouraged us every bit of the way and never wavered.
‘‘We would like to thank the community for their confidence and their hope to get it back - we will make it work.’’
Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu, who has been a supporter of de-amalgamation from the beginning, said she was very pleased with the result and believes this is the best decision for the future of Douglas.
‘‘We now have an exciting opportunity to establish a new Douglas council and take advantage of the latest technologies and practices as you would expect in 2014,’’ she said.
‘‘I understand the disappointment from those who voted no and am keen to work with those individuals and groups to address their concerns as much as possible.
‘‘We have a rare opportunity for a new beginning and I personally want to harness the passion on all sides of the debate, so we can work together as one community.’’
Both People of Douglas and the Douglas Residents and Ratepayers Association, chose not to comment to the Gazette on the referendum result.
Friends of Douglas Shire celebrate the result of the vote