A vision for Cook
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