Time to work together
WITH the de-amalgamation poll behind us, we now move on to the next step in the process, finding suitable candidates to fill the role of the five councillors in our new Douglas Shire Council. I voted yes to de-amalgamation but along with many others, I was concerned by the names of some of those said to be possibly about to nominate. However, in this Douglas area there are bound to be more than enough highly suited candidates willing to take on these positions. It should also be borne in mind that just because someone took the no position in the lead-up to the vote, and presumably voted no, they were demonstrating their democratic right and should feel perfectly entitled to nominate for councillor positions if they wish. Along with those who actively and publicly took the yes position, the no supporters have demonstrated integrity and commitment and that they are prepared to stand up for their principles. These are the sort of community-spirited and community-involved people we need to take us into the slightly uncertain future. We must now put aside any differences and work together to achieve the best outcome.