The busi­ness savvy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

I be­lieve I have the busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence, a di­ver­sity of skills, ex­po­sure to liv­ing and work­ing in other cul­tures and lo­cal knowl­edge to be an ef­fec­tive, ac­count­able, and for­ward-think­ing mem­ber of the new DSC.

Es­tab­lish­ing strong foun­da­tions for the new Shire with pro­fes­sional gov­er­nance stan­dards, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, re­view the Dou­glas Shire Plan, de­vel­op­ment of a coastal man­age­ment plan, ad­dress the weed and feral an­i­mal prob­lems in the Dain­tree and to giv­ing all Dou­glas ratepay­ers eq­ui­table rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Any progress on the Wa­ter­front Mas­ter­plan will de­pend on avail­able fund­ing but the most im­por­tant is­sue here is that any de­ci­sions will now be made by lo­cals.

We al­ready have a pos­si­ble path­way to re­turn to chem­i­cal-free wa­ter as out­lined by South Aus­tralia’s Chief Sci­en­tist, Pro­fes­sor Don Bur­sill. I am keen to ex­plore this fur­ther.

I am com­mit­ted to the growth and fu­ture pros­per­ity of the Dou­glas Shire. I be­lieve this will come about through a co­he­sive, in­formed and ac­ces­si­ble coun­cil. A good coun­cil re­flects the fab­ric of their com­mu­nity.

I am both prag­matic and ap­proach­able with an es­tab­lished net­work across a broad range of dis­ci­plines and busi­nesses in the Shire. If elected, I will com­mit full-time to de­liv­er­ing fair out­comes with­out fear or favour.

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