Coun­cil hope­fuls meet Daintree

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

THE Daintree com­mu­nity will get a chance to meet coun­cil can­di­dates and en­sure Daintree has a voice in the new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil.

Daintree Mar­ket­ing Co­op­er­a­tive has or­gan­ised a meet­ing on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 28, open to the greater Daintree com­mu­nity, where all can­di­dates have been in­vited to ad­dress the meet­ing and an­swer ques­tions.

Chair Sheena Wal­shaw said the meet­ing is im­por­tant con­sid­er­ing, so far, no one north of the Daintree River or from the Daintree Vil­lage has put their hand up for a coun­cil­lor po­si­tion. ‘‘DMC are co­or­di­nat­ing the meet­ing on be­half of our mem­bers for two rea­sons: first, to cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for prospec­tive coun­cil­lors to un­der­stand the is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties fac­ing our com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘Sec­ond, for our mem­bers to as­sess which coun­cil­lors might best rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of the Daintree tourism in­dus­try.

‘‘ Along with the Great Bar­rier Reef, the Daintree is the ma­jor draw card for visi­tors to the Dou­glas re­gion and we’re keen to en­sure tourism - and tourism in the Daintree specif­i­cally - are sup­ported by the new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil.’’

Di­vi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor, who is also run­ning for Mayor, Ju­lia Leu, will be at­tend­ing the meet­ing. All can­di­dates are in­vited and the event will be chaired by Gaye Scott from the 20/20 Group, who is a di­rec­tor of the DMC.

‘‘We’ve in­vited all can­di­dates to ad­dress the meet­ing and have re­quested they re­spond to a list of ques­tions that rep­re­sents some of the key is­sues of in­ter­est to our mem­bers,’’ Ms Wal­shaw said. ‘‘ Ma­jor­ity of Daintree res­i­dents voted against de-amal­ga­ma­tion, but that vote’s over and done, it’s im­por­tant now to look to the fu­ture coun­cil with an open mind and with a con­struc­tive di­a­logue.

‘‘We hope that di­a­logue will be­gin when we meet the can­di­dates and will re­sult in the elec­tion of a team that lis­tens to, un­der­stands and works with our com­mu­nity to achieve the best for the shire.’’ Ques­tions will be based around sev­eral topics that con­cern both res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the Daintree, in­clud­ing tourism fund­ing, the Daintree ferry, Daintree Gate­way, sig­nage, power and more.

The Daintree meet­ing is on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 28 from 10am-12pm at the Cow Bay Ho­tel. RSVP to chair@des­ti­na­tiondain­tree.com

Pic­ture: NEIL WEAVERS

CO-OR­DI­NA­TOR: Sheena Wal­shaw

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