Leu looks set to win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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