James Dormer Port Douglas Terence Melchert Mossman
I am a father of four and live with my wife Deirdre in Port Douglas, with my two youngest children attending local schools. I have lived in Port Douglas for nine years but was born and raised in east London and I am one of 11 children. I started my first business at the age of 18 and soon had over 40 employees alongside a professional career racing motorcycles. I also joined the British Army in the Paratroopers Regiment. I have 32 years’ experience in running businesses both large and small up to and including over 250 staff. The Douglas Shire is on the cusp of great things and I feel it is very important that we get a new council that can take us to a new and exciting level. Common sense is an attribute that has been missing for a long time now and is something the Douglas Shire needs now more than ever as we come out of one of the worst recessions in the modern era. In the past the outer regions of the Douglas Shire have not had a voice, this is something that has to be addressed so that no matter where you live in the Shire your voice is as loud as anyone else’s. I believe I have the leadership skills to lead the new council to make the right decisions that will elevate the Douglas Shire to the position within Queensland it deserves to be. I will not take no for an answer when lobbying for state and federal funding; I will not back down in nego- tiations when striving for the needs of the community; I will not condone any disruption within the council that could j eopardise decision making and lose the respect and confidence of the community. To establish a sustainable financial council in the first two years that will not see the ratepayers suffer under any significant rate rises by working alongside the new CEO and staff to ensure a financial viable Shire. I will work tirelessly to create jobs needed to ensure our children have a reason to stay within our region. I was raised in Townsville, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from JCU and becoming a certified practising accountant. A long-time member of the Local Government Managers A s s o c i a t i o n , I received my 20 year Certificate of Service this year. I have over 30 years experience in senior local government roles including CEO of Douglas Shire and continue to work as a local government consultant. Most recently I was engaged to resolve complex accounting and financial statement and audit issues for a Northern Council. In recent times I have also returned to work as a laboratory analyst at the Mossman Sugar Mill. My wife Kathy and I have lived in the Douglas Shire for 20 years and feel privileged to have raised our The Cairns region and Douglas in particular is on the edge of an exciting new wave of tourism and business activity and I have the local government and business experience to assist in ensuring the community gets maximum benefit from this opportunity. Also I believe a large section of the community has not had a voice in council in recent times and I will actively and regularly consult with the whole community in considering policy direction. I will support initiatives for the tourism, business, cane and agricultural Industries and seek out and support new business opportunities.
I will work to: Ensure a maximum return o f a s s e t s and cash reserves from CRC. Without the full return of the former Douglas Councils cash at bank at the time of amalgamation ratepayers will suffer. Ensure full community consultation on the new Planning Scheme when the council is re- formed and that community forums and full mapping is part of this process. Unbeknown to most residents and property owners a new Planning Scheme for Douglas is 70% complete and submissions close on November 1. Make rates and charges affordable for residents and business, and reduce red tape.
three sons in this amazing part of the world. Why are you running for a councillor position?