Abi­gail Noli


Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

I was born here and I grew up here. I have held a num­ber of jobs over the years and prob­a­bly few of them could be con­sid­ered main­stream. I was a pro­fes­sional soc­cer player in Europe, a teacher of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and lan­guages in nu­mer­ous pres­ti­gious, pri­vate schools, ad­vanced soc­cer coach, an ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist, I’ve worked in an aged care fa­cil­ity, been a fan­tas­tic waitress and most re­cently I’ve been a flower grower. I have sat back and ob­served the shire for the last few years and my ob­ser­va­tions show that now I must get in­volved and give back some of what it has given to me. Like many peo­ple I was very dis­ap­pointed when the forced amal­ga­ma­tion was put upon us. Now we have been lucky enough to be given a sec­ond chance at gov­ern­ing our­selves and this time I want to be part of that be­cause too much is at stake. We have an in­cred­i­ble shire, rich in so many re­sources, cul­ture and beauty, I would like to help ad­vance the as­sets that we have and help to im­prove our de­fi­cien­cies. I am of the right age, at­ti­tude and en­thu­si­asm to do the job as it needs to be done and my mo­tives are pure, it’s for the ad­vance­ment and love of the shire, that is why I want to join the coun­cil. The over­all pri­or­ity is to cre­ate a fi­nan­cially vi­able coun­cil, this goes with­out say­ing and will prob­a­bly be said ad in­fini­tum by all the prospec­tive can­di­dates. This can be achieved if care and re­spect is taken to run the coun­cil as any good busi­ness should be run. My per­sonal pri­or­ity is to im­prove the con­di­tions sur­round­ing our youth and our aged in the shire. I be­lieve we should be aim­ing to bring back the unique­ness to the area. Peo­ple love the area be­cause it is un­like any­thing they have seen or ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. Bring back that unique­ness and along with that comes pride, de­ter­mi­na­tion and a great com­mu­nity spirit, some­thing that seems to have been de­clin­ing for a while in the shire I am sad to say.

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