Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

WITH the deep en­gage­ment of the com­mu­nity in the shire elec­tion ev­i­dent in the past cou­ple of weeks it has also been clear a some­what deep di­vide ex­ists in the com­mu­nity – the very thing many peo­ple said was not what we need right now. It is not un­usual for elec­tions in any mu­nic­i­pal­ity to be hotly con­tested, and so it is in this one, de­spite the uni­ver­sal call for unity of pur­pose and gen­eral good­will on the road for­ward.

Pre­sum­ably by the time the next is­sue of the Gazette ap­pears we will know the com­po­si­tion of the new coun­cil.

It seems in­evitable some pock­ets of the com­mu­nity will feel let down by the re­sult of the vote. Those peo­ple will have a chance to re­shape th­ese af­fairs in another two years time.

In the mean­time, this new coun­cil must take on some re­ally se­ri­ous tasks to get the new shire ship­shape.

There’s the need to make the most of what­ever cash and as­sets we re­trieve from the break from the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil. And there’s the un­for­tu­nate and mis­er­able task to sort out the staffing lev­els fol­low­ing the trans­fer of ‘‘ex­cess’’ po­si­tions on the job list drawn up by the CRC and pre­sented to the shire. (For all the strug­gle ahead, this last mat­ter is a firm re­minder of the lack of con­trol over our own af­fairs and that the de-amal­ga­ma­tion is in a gen­eral way a good thing). So out with the old, and in with the new shire.

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