Shire elec­tion date wait

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE race is on to pick the date for lo­cal elec­tions, with ru­mours from cred­i­ble sources of a midNovem­ber vote.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli has de­nied the talk of a mid-Novem­ber elec­tion date for the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and re­fused to even sug­gest when the an­nounce­ment will be.

‘‘We pur­posely didn’t want to make any an­nounce­ment dur­ing the fed­eral elec­tion for a cou­ple of rea­sons,’’ Min­is­ter Crisa­fulli told The Gazette.

‘‘ The fed­eral elec­tion has been par­tic­u­larly nasty, we’ve seen the worst of what pol­i­tics has to of­fer and I think it’s best to of­fer and peo­ple putting up their hand to serve the com­mu­nity is the purest form of govern­ment and I didn’t want this elec­tion to be shrouded in the fed­eral elec­tion.

‘‘This is a once in a gen­er­a­tion time for the com­mu­nity to ef­fec­tively re-es­tab­lish the coun­cil and get it right.’’

Min­is­ter Crisa­fulli would not con­firm the date nor when the an­nounce­ment of the date might be and said the govern­ment will work out a ap­pro­pri­ate date and let ev­ery­one know af­ter this week­end’s elec­tions.

‘‘It won’t be too far away and we will give ev­ery­one enough time to run a cam­paign,’’ he said.

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