No to new gang of four
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.