Greg McLean Port Douglas
I have been a journalist for the past 18 years in small and large newspapers and editor of the Gazette for the last four-and-ahalf years up until last month. I have also been on the Douglas Chamber of Commerce committee for the past three years.
While I have only been here for almost five years I come into contact with a lot of different community organisations and businesses and a lot of people in between and decided I really wanted to get involved in working towards solutions for the community where I intend to raise our family. This is where my kids were born – I’ve got Ava who is three-and-a-half and Archie who is fivemonths.
Financial sustainability, economic development, common sense and collaboration is the best way to sum it up. I want to make sure the new council is sustainable, really work towards developing and building the local economy, using common sense to cut out some unnecessary red tape and collaboration working with all sectors of the community to identify priorities and develop strategies to achieve those priorities.
The waterfront plan adopted by the Cairns Regional Council is the most feasible financially and it’s a plan that can attract money from the state and federal governments but I think the priority in the first term for councillors is really making sure the Douglas Shire is sustainable for the generations to come and I can’t see the new Douglas Shire Council spending millions on the waterfront.
My vision for Douglas is to retain the lifestyle we enjoy now; it’s quite easygoing with a very friendly community but I also want to strengthen our economy with potential new industry or new revenue streams so we can keep the costs to a minimum and lessen the impact on ratepayers.
I have the same philosophy when I was at the Gazette, I was very approachable and if anyone has a problem – large or small – they can get in touch with me and I endeavour to get an answer back to them. I have a good understanding of the region and issues facing the region and a strong visionary background because essentially council is a very big business in the region and it needs to be approached as such by councillors.