Leu goes into bat for Shire

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

EF­FORTS by mayor elect Ju­lia Leu and the coun­cil­lors elect to raise the is­sue of the staff trans­fers num­bers with the state gov­ern­ment have so far gone nowhere.

On Mon­day, Di­vi­sion 10 Coun­cil­lor and mayor elect Ju­lia Leu wrote to the Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, David Crisa­fulli (see right), spelling out her deep con­cern with the staffing num­bers is­sue and ask­ing him to in­ter­vene in the mat­ter to re­me­di­ate the ap­par­ent un­fair­ness to­wards Dou­glas Shire.

As of yes­ter­day af­ter­noon Cr Leu told the Gazette she’d had no re­ply from Mr Crisa­fulli. Sim­i­larly, rep­re­sen­ta­tions on the mat­ter to Mem­ber for Cook, David Kempton, on Mon­day night ahead of the round­about con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing (see page 4) have not pro­duced a re­sponse.

What did get a re­sponse, how­ever, was Cr Leu’s let­ter to the Cairns Post yes­ter­day. It said: CRC forced trans­fer of staff to the new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil.

This is an ou­tra­geous and bla­tant at­tempt by Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil to sab­o­tage and un­der­mine the new Dou­glas at the 11th hour.

It is a cruel act on the staff in­volved and will cre­ate an un­nec­es­sary and un­war­ranted fi­nan­cial bur­den on the new Coun­cil.

In­cred­i­bly, this has been done in the full knowl­edge that DSC doesn’t need or even have the space for th­ese ad­di­tional po­si­tions.

It is reprehensible to forcibly trans­fer more staff than re­quired, when for months CRC has been privy to the new DSC staffing struc­ture of around 138 po­si­tions.

I have ap­pealed to Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli and lo­cal MP David Kempton to in­ter­vene, as they have both con­sis­tently and pub­licly stated they want the new Coun­cil to be suc­cess­ful. Al­low­ing CRC to cal­lously shed staff at the ex­pense of the new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil should not be per­mit­ted to pro­ceed.

The ABC Ra­dio in Cairns picked up on it, noted the word ‘‘sab­o­tage’’, and phoned Cr Leu for an in­ter­view on the break­fast show in which she strongly put the Shire’s case for in­ter­ven­tion in the staff trans­fer mess.

But first they tack­led CRC mayor Bob Man­ning for his com­ments.

‘‘The trans­fers were in ac­cor­dance with what was laid down in the reg­u­la­tions,’’ he told ABC Ra­dio. ‘‘We haven’t gone out­side of that. We have to stay within that. I wasn’t in­volved in the process, and I have no com­ment to make on it ex­cept to say that what was done was done in ac­cor­dance with the process that was out­lined for us by the state gov­ern­ment.’’

In her ra­dio in­ter­view Cr Leu pointed out that CRC

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