Dou­glas went back­wards

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LETTERS -

I HEARD a report on Cairns lo­cal ra­dio that FODS sup­port­ers were danc­ing down Macrossan St on Satur­day night cel­e­brat­ing the ‘‘yes’’ vote. I would sug­gest that the peo­ple of Dou­glas put March 9, 2013, in their di­aries as the day Dou­glas went back­wards. There was a ‘‘them and us’’ syn­drome un­der the old Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil which has now been ex­ac­er­bated by the re­sult on Satur­day. The strong ‘‘no’’ vote in Alexan­dra Bay, Dain­tree Vil­lage and Miallo shows they were more than sat­is­fied with Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil. From Moss­man north, a ma­jor­ity no vote was re­turned. It was left to good old Port Dou­glas to save the skin of FODS from an em­bar­rass­ing de­feat. But on the pos­i­tive side I sug­gest that ev­ery­one put a re­minder note in their di­aries for March 9, 2018 - or ear­lier - by which time the new Dou­glas coun­cil will have been sacked by the State Government due to its in­abil­ity to carry ba­sic lo­cal government func­tions and lack of fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity and re­joined Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

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