Jobs for the lo­cals

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Dear Hon­or­able Mem­ber Crisa­fulli: What is this about CRC staff dump­ing onto the new Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil? Do Cairns City Coun­cil want us to be un­suc­cess­ful in de-amal­ga­ma­tion? I and my friends think so. There are only 14 po­si­tions avail­able from what I can gather and Cairns Coun­cil are threat­en­ing to send 31 peo­ple. They have been em­ployed by Cairns and are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Cairns Coun­cil. There are a lot of ca­pa­ble peo­ple in this shire who would like the 14 jobs avail­able on the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil. It is up to you to change this and you can. dys­func­tional coun­cil, but we were fi­nan­cially sta­ble. We were force­fully amal­ga­mated with the CRC who took our as­sets and dou­bled our rates and fees. Now we un­justly have to pay for the dea­mal­ga­ma­tion and also it seems we are go­ing to be re­spon­si­ble for staff that CRC do not want. One would be for­given for think­ing you want the new Dou­glas Shire to fail fi­nan­cially. You have or should have the power to in­ter­vene in this lat­est trav­esty by CRC in this sorry saga. I make no apol­ogy for the anger in­ferred in this email and the at­tached let­ter. It is typ­i­cal of depth of feel­ing of be­trayal that lo­cal res­i­dents have. Dou­glas Shire is uniquely de­pen­dent on the tourism and cane in­dus­tries, but pre­dom­i­nantly tourism, which is re­spon­si­ble for 90 per cent of the $600 mil­lion a year Dou­glas re­gional econ­omy, and of course 90 per cent of the em­ploy­ment. 2. There has been a dis­tinct lack of lead­er­ship di­rec­tion by coun­cil since 2006 in terms of in­volv­ing it­self in tourism strat­egy. In­deed, coun­cil has failed to in­crease fund­ing for sup­port of the desti­na­tion mar­keter for over seven years since 2006. It is there­fore clear to our group [the Dou­glas Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Group] that we need to de­velop and then im­ple­ment a care­fully planned and co­her­ent 2014-2020 tourism strat­egy. 3. Our Dou­glas Shire lead­er­ship – lo­cal gov­ern­ment lead­er­ship, busi­ness lead­er­ship, me­dia lead­er­ship, and the wider com­mu­nity lead­er­ship – all need to em­brace the de­vel­op­ment of an up­dated Dou­glas Shire tourism strat­egy plan with a sense of ur­gency, to en­sure we achieve the eco­nomic out­comes and ben­e­fits be­cause of what we’ve done, rather than in spite of what we’ve done. Re­ly­ing on a com­bi­na­tion of Dame For­tune and an un­known pri­vate sec­tor con­tri­bu­tion is a recipe for an un­cer­tain fu­ture, es­pe­cially when our other ma­jor re­gional tourism com­peti­tors are in­creas­ing fund­ing and im­ple­ment­ing im­pres­sive strate­gic desti­na­tion mar­ket­ing and man­age­ment plans. We in­vite feed­back and com­ments from, the new Dou­glas Shire mayor and coun­cil­lors, the busi­ness sec­tor and the wider com­mu­nity to: Gerry Ire­land – gerry.cen­trum@gmail.com Mo­bile: 0478 133 120

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