A vi­sion for Cook

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

FAM­ILY, hon­esty, con­cern for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment are among the top val­ues for peo­ple in the Cook Elec­torate, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey.

MP David Kemp­ton re­cently ini­ti­ated the sur­vey in re­sponse to The Queens­land Plan - A 30-year vi­sion, to re­flect the unique­ness of Cook, which in­cludes the Dou­glas re­gion.

The sur­vey sought in­put around per­sonal val­ues, peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences of the elec­torate and their de­sires for the fu­ture and over 540 re­sponses were re­ceived. Re­sults were an­a­lysed and dis­cussed at a two-day work­shop in Weipa, which David Kemp­ton said pro­vided a good op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple from across the elec­torate to net­work for the first time.

‘‘Around 40 peo­ple at­tended from ev­ery cor­ner of the Cook elec­torate and worked out a set of val­ues for the re­gion, a vi­sion state­ment and a com­mon strat­egy for the fu­ture,’’ he said.

‘‘A com­pre­hen­sive re­port is be­ing pre­pared for ev­ery­body who com­pleted the sur­veys and the re­sults are go­ing into the 10 year plan.’’

Mr Kemp­ton said the re­sults con­veyed a strong feel­ing of unity and the fact his elec­torate want to be heard. ‘‘Peo­ple are very big on fam­ily, unity, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment,’’ he said.

‘‘The Port Dou­glas, Moss­man, Ma­reeba area showed a lot of dis­sat­is­fac­tion, more so than the rest of the Cape, dis­sat­is­fac­tion over bu­reau­cracy and red tape and they want more com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and greater en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness.

‘‘I got a much greater un­der­stand­ing of the elec­torate, which has put us in a good po­si­tion.’’

Di­vi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu at­tended the Weipa work­shop and was im­pressed with the di­verse range of peo­ple in­volved.

‘‘There’s enor­mous po­ten­tial for us to all work to­gether on the very im­por­tant is­sues we face in the Cook elec­torate, which are spe­cific and unique to our part of Aus­tralia,’’ she said.

‘‘It was an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the Port Dou­glas re­gion, par­tic­u­larly with the reestab­lish­ment of the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil com­menc­ing on Jan­uary 1 next year. This will place us fully in Cook, which means our fo­cus can now shift strongly to work­ing more closely with out neigh­bours in the Cook elec­torate.’’


rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across the Cook elec­torate

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