WITH momentum towards the shire elections building, below we introduce profiles of two more would-be candidates. Just a reminder - the nominations for candidates open this Saturday and close at noon on Thursday, October 17. Polling day is Saturday, Novemb
Richard Lavender Oak Beach Bruce Clarke Cooya Beach
I’m a 14-year Oak Beach resident and ratepayer, and the owner/director of a successful internet marketing company promoting local and Australian tourism to a worldwide audience. For 15 years I was a ‘hands on’ chief executive of a successful software company, m a n a g i n g 150 s k i l l e d employees and a $15 million annual budget. I also established an IT Advocacy group outside of the Silicon Valley CA. I enter this race with a strong financial and business background of establishing and running t wo separate and successful businesses over the past 29 years. I have the background and experience to be able to contribute to the success of the new Douglas Shire. To help it return to a solid financial footing and steer us into an exciting and rewarding future for all of us. Our new Council really needs new blood with fresh ideas, councillors that are independent of local political groups and yet inclusive, who can listen well, analyse things deeply, and know how to get things done. It’s time for progress and moving forward, but in the right direction! I can make a difference and that’s why I am putting my hand up. for the new Douglas Shire Council. A balanced budget, maintain quality services, sustain and enhance tourism and agriculture, achieve chemical free water, maintain the planning scheme, expand the Daintree Gateway, engage our Indigenous leaders, come up with more win-win situations that create employment, find new ways to better use the internet in our democratic processes, encourage companies to work together, and within Council, to create synergies to become more efficient and save money. In other words, to get more bang for our bucks! I see our region as one of the last bastions of sanity in a hectic and sometimes crazy world. A pristine sanctuary of peace and beauty we cherish and protect, a great place to live together in harmony, a thriving local economy where we truly cooperate with each for our mutual success, a fantastic and welcoming destination for tourists to come and relax and take in the many wonders and joys of our little piece of paradise. Born in Cairns. Grandfather born in Port Douglas in 1887. Great grandfather was the first Harbour Master in Port Douglas in the 1870’s. I studied Civil Engineering at Cairns Technical College whilst working for a Cairns Consulting Engineering Company on roads and bridges in North Queensland. Moved to Sydney to work for a Consulting Engineering Company , spent 2 years in western NSW on the design of a water storage dam. Moved to Brisbane for the Building Design of the Port of Brisbane at Fishermans Island. Came to Port Douglas in 1980 as a Building Designer and have had my business here ever since, the past 12 years at Cooya Beach. My latest project being the design and construction supervision of the Bowling Green Roof and Extensions to the Mossman Bowls Club. I have spent 8 years collectively as President of Ellis Beach and Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Clubs. My history and passion for Douglas Shire is very obvious, and I would like the opportunity to take Douglas Shire into a financially stable position, and bring it back to being one of the top 4 Tourist destinations in the world. We have two major industries in Douglas Shire. The Sugar Industry, and the Tourist Industry. Both must be maintained and promoted. Small business is a very big part of these 2 industries, and Establishment of an aged care facility in Mossman is of utmost importance. The establishment of a Botanical Gardens in Douglas is one of my priorities. Maintenance of roads in the Shire must be recognised as a very important priority, as does the continuation and upgrade of ongoing services. The Port Douglas Lagoon is a priority that will have to wait until the new Council becomes financially stable enough to support the construction and maintenance of such an expensive project. Port Douglas is the stepping stone for the reef and rain forest adventures that can be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. If we could all become ambassador’s for Port Douglas, Mossman, Daintree, and the destinations across the river, we will become the major tourist destination of Australia. We all have to work at this.
must be promoted in conjunction with the major industries. What are your priorities?