Advisory committee named
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.