Time to work to­gether

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LETTERS -

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.

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