FODS toast ‘brighter fu­ture’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

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.

Cel­e­bra­tory cheer:

Friends of Dou­glas Shire cel­e­brate the re­sult of the vote

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