Gambling the future
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.