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.