Thanks for rally support
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.