Greg McLean Port Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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