Leu looks set to win
DOUGLAS Shire mayoral hopeful Julia Leu looks set to shrug off her legal woes and lead the breakaway council when it reclaims its power on January 1. Polling conducted exclusively for News Ltd shows Councillor Leu, the current Divison 10 representative on the Cairns Regional Council, has broad community support with 56 per cent of respondents planning to vote for her on Saturday.
Eighteen per cent of residents said they would vote for fellow mayoral candidate George Pitt, while 11 per cent said they were planning on voting for James Dormer.
Fifteen per cent have not yet made up their mind, but are not likely to stop Cr Leu from claiming victory when 7000 residents head to the polls on Saturday.
The poll of about 200 voters by Compass Research found rates and financial stability is the most import- ant issue for residents, followed by maintaining roads, parks and services, while protection of the environment ranked third.
The survey shows the vast majority of ratepayers have not changed their mind on the de-amalgamation issue.
Only 6 per cent of residents said they would vote differently if the deamalgamation referendum was held again.
Cr Leu has almost equal support from voters living in Mossman and Port Douglas, while seven out of 10 residents who voted in favour the split at the March referendums say they will vote for her.
She is also the preferred candidate for both men and women across all five age groups.
Surveys were carried out between October 31 to November 4, between 5pm-8pm weeknights and 9am-5pm Saturdays and 10am-5pm Sundays.
IN FRONT: Cr Julia Leu