Thanks for rally sup­port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THE Dou­glas Shire Sus­tain­abil­ity Group (DSSG) is thrilled to have hosted such an amaz­ingly well at­tended event on Sun­day, and thanks the Dou­glas Com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing such a fun filled and im­por­tant day. Par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing was the strong turn out of young­sters, with kids of all ages dressed up in reef themed cos­tumes and hand painted signs, af­ter all, it is the next gen­er­a­tions that we are fight­ing for to pro­tect the reef.

Sig­na­tures col­lected on the day, propos­ing that a le­gal en­tity for the Great Bar­rier Reef be con­sid­ered, to­talled well over 600.

Monies col­lected amount­ing to over $800 will go to as­sist­ing the En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fend­ers Of­fice in their le­gal chal­lenges through the ju­di­cial sys­tem in fight­ing the cur­rent de­ci­sions and pro­pos­als re­gard­ing reef dredg­ing and dump­ing in World Her­itage Ma­rine Parks.

Ob­vi­ous thanks go to the or­gan­is­ing group and vol­un­teers, the mu­si­cians and sound techs, the guest speak­ers, the Cen­tral Ho­tel, and the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice and Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil, but em­pha­sis on thanks goes to each and ev­ery per­son who came along to help "Save the Reef" at the Dou­glas Reef Rally. was on my rates no­tice, the state levy for Emer­gency Man­age­ment Fire and Res­cue. As you are aware, Dain­tree north of the river is not an ur­ban area – we are re­mote, in fact. In 1998 I raised money to pur­chase a fire truck for north of the Dain­tree river as we had no such item; we are a vol­un­teer ru­ral fire bri­gade, Cape Kim­ber­ley Ru­ral. We do not ask the land­hold­ers to have a levy placed on their rates as we fundraise. If we as a bri­gade did want to ask for coun­cil to col­lect a levy we could. So where bri­gades like Wonga and Thorn­ton Peak RFB do, does this mean a levy on top of a levy? When the old Dou­glas Shire coun­cil placed a levy upon a levy for the Dain­tree ferry back in 1999, from mem­ory the State Om­buds­man ruled it il­le­gal, so why is this not the case in this cir­cum­stance? We are all vol­un­teers – we do not ask for any­thing. Plac­ing an ur­ban levy on re­mote land­hold­ers that have no ac­cess to ur­ban ser­vices is out of or­der. We have no ac­cess to out­side ser­vices in cy­clones as the ferry gets shut. When there are road ac­ci­dents we at­tend, not the ur­ban bri­gade as it takes too long. This levy will make people not want to vol­un­teer as people will think it is their right to have the same ser­vices as ur­ban ar­eas. This will make people think when they need the ser­vices of a vol­un­teer like me that as­sists them in per­mits and fire­fight­ing that it is a ser­vice they have paid for. The Min­is­ter re­ally needs to change the pol­icy for a bet­ter out­come for the re­mote ar­eas.

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