Gam­bling the fu­ture

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LETTERS -

FODS and sup­port­ers may be cel­e­brat­ing now but we will have to wait a few years to see if there really was rea­son to cel­e­brate. Cur­rently it is all a big gam­ble with­out know­ing the true costs and if new coun­cil­lors will be able to cope, it can still go hor­ri­bly wrong, and 42 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion is forced to share in the costs against their will. The emo­tional Port Dou­glas crowd was the only one to vote a com­fort­able yes ma­jor­ity against the pro­fes­sional ad­vice of a truck­load of fi­nan­cial ex­perts and high pro­file politi­cians. Moss­man and Wonga had a nar­row win, the rest of the re­gion such as Miallo and Dain­tree Vil­lage were happy to stay with Cairns, and the Dain­tree com­mu­nity north of the river voted an over­whelm­ing 76.33 per cent against be­ing dragged back to a coun­cil that has screwed them so badly in the past, but as usual their voices don’t make any dif­fer­ence. We are be­ing told that we should for­get about the past and look to­wards the fu­ture, a great phi­los­o­phy but not easy for Dain­tree res­i­dents, who are still fi­nan­cially strug­gling ev­ery day with the eco­nomic con­se­quences of the old Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil years, so how can they for­get? We’re told a new DSC will be dif­fer­ent from the old DSC but we have not seen any po­ten­tial coun­cil­lors speak up to give us con­fi­dence in this state­ment, we only see Ju­lia Leu who is too close for our com­fort to Mike Ber­wick, the main driv­ing force be­hind the elec­tric­ity de­nial and other ex­ces­sively green poli­cies that have ru­ined the Dain­tree econ­omy and so many peo­ple’s lives. Dain­tree res­i­dents who suf­fered un­der DSC for years have found the time un­der CRC pleas­antly un­event­ful, are pleased with the im­prove­ments in in­fra­struc­ture, and they are very wor­ried what else a re­turn to DSC may have in store for them.

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