Me­gan Hawke

Port Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

I have been work­ing in en­vi­ron­ment man­age­ment for over 12 years. My clients have in­cluded pri­vate sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions, the Aus­tralian and state gov­ern­ments, and catch­ment man­age­ment au­thor­i­ties. I have ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in pub­lic and stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion in­clud­ing in­dige­nous groups, land-own­ers, and lo­cal govern­ment to achieve agree­able pos­i­tive out­comes in the area of en­vi­ron­ment sus­tain­abil­ity, and this in­cludes eco­nomic prof­itabil­ity, and com­mu­nity-so­cial ben­e­fits. By trade I am an aca­dem­i­cally qual­i­fied park ranger (eco­tourism), and I en­joy spend­ing my free time en­joy­ing the lo­cal nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. I pur­chased a home at Four Mile within the past two years to be closer to my fam­ily, and have been vis­it­ing Port Dou­glas for 20 years. The new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil is unique with re­gards to com­mu­nity, tourism, agri­cul­ture and busi­ness, and World Her­itage National Parks that in­clude rain­for­est and reef. I be­lieve that I have a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence from nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment that will as­sist the com­mu­nity to achieve pos­i­tive de­sired sus­tain­able out­comes. The role of a coun­cil­lor as an in­di­vid­ual elected mem­ber is to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of res­i­dents and ratepay­ers. To rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of res­i­dents and ratepay­ers. To en­sure lo­cal com­mu­nity val­ues are taken into con­sid­er­a­tion. Ide­ally any wa­ter­front de­vel­op­ment would need to be eco­nom­i­cally vi­able, and main­tain the ‘‘vi­sion’’ for the lo­cal area. Clean drink­ing wa­ter is a valu­able as­set. I would sup­port a chem­i­cal free wa­ter sup­ply if govern­ment health stan­dards can be met with min­i­mal fi­nan­cial cost. A healthy and pros­per­ous com­mu­nity that ben­e­fits from suc­cess­ful busi­ness and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

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