Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

It is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing that the elec­tion cam­paign has not even started and al­ready cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als are try­ing to plant seeds of seg­re­ga­tion and divi­sion to­wards per­spec­tive can­di­dates due to other peo­ple’s ref­er­ences.

Re­fer­ring to Peter Martin’s let­ter from De­cem­ber, this was a sin­gu­lar opin­ion of a re­spected Port Dou­glas busi­ness­man in­fer­ring that hav­ing a Port Dou­glas rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the coun­cil can only as­sist in the over­all de­ci­sion mak­ing pro­cesses.

This is a com­mon prac­tice with all divi­sion based shires to en­sure a broad spec­trum view of opin­ions from the en­tire re­gion.

We are a di­verse shire and host­ing a di­verse range of coun­cil­lors whilst not a ne­ces­sity can only be a pos­i­tive for the en­tire shire.

Mr Martin’s let­ter also showed that it was very clear in the last elec­tion that due to the amount of can­di­dates that ran votes were thinly spread. If a large num­ber of can­di­dates ran in 2016 it would again re­duce the chances of the per­son you want be­ing suc­cess­ful.

As a prospec­tive can­di­date who re­sides in Port Dou­glas it is of­fen­sive to hear any­one say that Port is my only con­sid­er­a­tion. I was there when we had our Dou­glas Shire re­turned to us and I am a res­i­dent of the Dou­glas Shire.

I rep­re­sent com­mit­tees for or­gan­i­sa­tions that are for all Dou­glas Shire res­i­dents and both have larger

mem­ber num­bers from out­side the Port Dou­glas area. Seg­re­ga­tion and divi­sion in this shire is and should re­main a thing of the past, with all coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent­ing the whole shire re­gard­less of where they re­side.

Michael Kerr, Port Dou­glas

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