Zam­mataro a son of Dou­glas Shire

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

YES­TER­DAY well- known lo­cal man Paul Zam­mataro an­nounced he is stand­ing for coun­cil.

He is em­pha­sis­ing his deep lo­cal roots and a solid com­mit­ment to the pros­per­ity of the district, the well­be­ing of the com­mu­nity and the nat­u­ral val­ues of the area.

“The econ­omy of the Dou­glas Shire re­lies strongly on the many lo­cally owned busi­nesses in the area,” he told the

“I am a qual­i­fied plumber but I have also worked in many broad roles within the lo­cal area, in­clud­ing im­por­tant in­fra­struc­ture projects such as roads and bridges, de­liv­ery driv­ing as well as ho­tel and su­per­mar­ket man­age­ment.

“In my cur­rent job I’m in­volved in the su­per­vi­sion and train­ing of a num­ber of lo­cal in­dige­nous youth in the plumb­ing and re­frig­er­a­tion sec­tor.

“Th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences have so­lid­i­fied my sup­port for small busi­ness within the shire, and the need for coun­cil to con­tinue to fa­cil­i­tate busi­ness here.”

Mr Zam­mataro sup­ports sen­si­ble and sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth within the shire while en­sur­ing that two of the largest em­ploy­ers, the agri­cul­ture and tourism in­dus­try, re­main strong.

“In the de­bate for de-amal­ga­ma­tion I was an ac­tive and vo­cal cam­paigner, and I re­main ex­tremely pleased to see the re­turn of the Shire.

“Lo­cal res­i­dents who care about our com­mu­nity should feel that their lo­cal lead­ers care about the com­mu­nity also. I also be­lieve that coun­cil staff should feel sup­ported in their jobs by elected coun­cil­lors.

“For years I have been in­volved with vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions in the shire, as a com­mit­tee mem­ber and a coach of ju­nior sports teams. I have coached ju­nior bas­ket­ball, ju­nior rugby league and box­ing. Cur­rently I am a strength and con­di­tion coach for the Moss­man Se­nior Rugby League and have been in­volved with the Port Dou­glas Crocs as a fit­ness coach.

“I was a mem­ber of the Moss­man State Pri­mary School Par­ents and Cit­i­zens com­mit­tee for 11 years, five years of those as pres­i­dent. In my time in this role, along with the rest of the com­mit­tee, we suc­cess­fully en­gi­neered the plan­ning and sub­se­quent stag­ing of the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in 1998. I was also part of the com­mit­tee that or­gan­ised and ran the Moss­man High School 50th An­niver­sary in 2005.

Mr Zam­mataro was born in Moss­man and has lived here for most of his life. He is mar­ried to Na­dia and they have raised their three chil­dren, Talia, Amina and Karl here.

“I have al­ways striven for the bet­ter­ment of the shire and as a coun­cil­lor I would con­tinue to work hard to en­sure a bright and pros­per­ous fu­ture for the Dou­glas Shire,” he said.

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