Ju­lia Leu

Lower Daintree

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

My hus­band An­dre and I live on a com­mer­cial or­ganic fruit farm which we es­tab­lished 22 years ago in Lower Daintree. We have two sons, Asha (25) and Nick (21). I grew up in Mel­bourne, and grad­u­ated from Mel­bourne Univer­sity, first work­ing as a high school teacher, fol­lowed by se­nior man­age­ment posi tions i n the Fed­eral De­part­ments of Health, Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and Abo­rig­i­nal Ed­u­ca­tion. In 1994 I es­tab­lished the first Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Depart­ment of Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and was ap­pointed act­ing CEO in 2007. I have been the elected Di­vi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor since March 2008. I have over 30 years of busi­ness, gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity ex­pe­ri­ence. Af­ter al­most 20 years in Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, I know I have the skills, knowl­edge and per­sonal strength to take on the chal­lenge of be­ing Mayor. I am an ex­pe­ri­enced com­pany di­rec­tor, both pri­vate and pub­lic and my aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude a Mas­ters i n Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion. I have a num­ber o f pri­or­i­ties, but top of my list is strong eco­nomic man­age­ment and fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity. I will de­liver a fair, re­al­is­tic and sus­tain- able bud­get and limit rate in­creases as far as pos­si­ble. In the first two years I will re­view ev­ery sin­gle as­pect of coun­cil’s op­er­a­tions and ser­vice de­liv­ery to en­sure max­i­mum ef­fec­tive­ness and best use of Coun­cil’s re­sources. I sup­port our two key in­dus­tries – tourism and agri­cul­ture and will ex­plore and em­brace in­vest­ment of new di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties that pro­mote ap­pro­pri­ate and sus­tain­able growth. I will de­velop a wa­ter strat­egy fo­cused on se­cu­rity of sup­ply.

Why are you run­ning for Mayor?

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