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James Dormer Port Dou­glas Terence Melchert Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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?

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