Ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee named

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

MEM­BERS of the lo­cal ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee to sup­port Trans­fer Man­ager Jeff Tate in cre­at­ing a new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil have been an­nounced.

Cook MP David Kemp­ton will be joined by Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Ryan and Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce trea­surer and Com­bined Club man­ager Kym Row­ley.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli made the an­nounce­ment on Tues­day and en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to dis­cuss their views with Mr Tate and the lo­cal com­mit­tee.

‘‘We want to make sure that peo­ple on the ground who know the lo­cal area are con­sulted all the time,’’ he said.

‘‘The fact is the trans­fer man­ager is liv­ing in the com­mu­nity and I en­cour­age peo­ple to share their views.’’

Mr Ryan said he is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Mr Tate af­ter be­ing briefed on the role of the com­mit­tee but will be ad­vo­cat­ing the im­por­tance of tourism in the re­gion.

‘‘I am in­ter­ested in what af­fects the econ­omy of the re­gion and the eco­nomic driver is tourism and all things that link with tourism, whether it’s the ap­pear­ance of the wa­ter­front or the avail­abil­ity for de­vel­op­ments to oc­cur,,’’ he said.

Mr Row­ley said that while his fo­cus is on look­ing at the Shire from a busi­ness per­spec­tive, his role will be sup­port­ing Mr Tate.

‘‘Jeff can throw things off us and see how the com­mu­nity feels about cer­tain is­sues, in my case the busi­ness com­mu­nity, and we can put him on to peo­ple who might be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to an­swer his ques­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘Port Dou­glas is unique and we have got to be mind­ful of that but at the same time we need to ad­vance Port Dou­glas as a tourist des­ti­na­tion for the sake of busi­nesses in the Shire.’’

Mean­while, Mr Tate at­tended a work­shop with Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil CEO Peter Tab­ulo and other dea­mal­ga­mat­ing coun­cils, hosted by Min­is­ter Crisa­fulli, who out­lined the ex­pec­ta­tions of the State Govern­ment, the role of the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tees and the pro­posed trans­fer method­ol­ogy.

‘‘ There was a brief­ing from Queens­land Trea­sury Cor­po­ra­tion of­fi­cials on the pro­jected deal costs and also the fi­nan­cial po­si­tion and how it stood up to the as­sets and li­a­bil­ity of Cairns, in­clud­ing li­a­bil­i­ties in terms of bor­row­ing and as­sets in­clud­ing cash,’’ Mr Tate said.

‘‘ It’s all ground­work at the mo­ment, de­vel­op­ing a plan and work­ing to that plan, but I will also be look­ing to en­gage some­one soon to go through the QTC num­bers and test them.

‘‘An­other is de­cid­ing when staff will trans­fer across from Cairns, it might be staged or in one hit as we do need some peo­ple across be­fore Jan­uary 1.’’

Mr Tate said res­i­dents need to con­tinue con­tact­ing Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil for ‘‘coun­cil busi­ness’’ oth­er­wise he is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing more peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and get their views on a new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil.

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