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