No to new gang of four

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

I’ve no­ticed re­ports that can­di­dates for the new Dou­glas Shire coun­cil are form­ing into ‘‘teams’’ for the forth­com­ing elec­tions. In view of the past it would be much pre­ferred if all can­di­dates were in­de­pen­dent be­ings to avoid a re­cur­rence of a Gang of Four, which was so dys­func­tional and ob­struc­tive last time. growth? In the pro­files pub­lished by the Gazette lately, I’ve no­ticed some can­di­dates run­ning for coun­cil ad­vo­cate growth for the Dou­glas Shire. Vot­ers should con­sider the im­pli­ca­tions be­fore elect­ing such peo­ple. It’s a given that lo­cal busi­nesses want more cus­tomers but boom times for busi­ness have neg­a­tive con­se­quences as well as pos­i­tive ones. Booms mean more jobs but also more jobs for peo­ple who don’t live here al­ready, which leads to more sub­ur­ban/apart­ment de­vel­op­ment. I don’t want that. Busi­ness booms means more new busi­nesses, which also means more com­mer­cial build­ing? I con­sider this de­vel­op­ment an ero­sion of the qual­ity of the trop­i­cal way of life we cur­rently have. With growth, the 15 kilo­me­tre stretch be­tween Craiglie and Moss­man will soon em­u­late the stretch be­tween El­lis Beach and Cairns, where, in place of cane pad­docks, we now have a string of round­abouts and ugly build­ings over 30kms. The in­dus­trial ug­li­ness of Craiglie is al­ready ex­pand­ing. The ug­li­ness is right un­der our noses. Growth will line the road with more of this con­crete scenery all the way to Moss­man. Do lo­cals want the Dou­glas Shire to grow ever more ur­banised, be­cause that’s growth.

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