The race gathers pace
THE waiting game eased up a fair bit this week, in terms of who is going to nominate for the council elections on March 19.
Some of us have watched almost with envy (if you’re in the media!) as other shires have been regularly reporting new nominations, some a long way before last Christmas.
The waiting game in Douglas has been extended indeed but as of this morning I think the count is nine nominations, which is all of the current councillors and a bunch of new candidates.
Actually it’s quite exciting, not to mention fascinating to see who is coming forward.
This is not necessarily the final tally of contestants, of course, with still time - just - for some late entrants. But they’d need to get in soon if they’re to make any inroads as a campaign, especially against the incumbents who now have high profiles in the community to help them run again.
The touchy subject of “representation for Port Douglas” is still a moot point, really — it remains to be seen whether a steadily more populated list of entrants is going to take votes away from any putative Port Douglas candidate, but on the face of it I’d guess you’d have to say it does.
Anyway it’s going to be fascinating to see how it all unfolds in the coming weeks.
The timing to some extent is coincidental but the long-awaited development application for the Reef Marina renewal project is right at the top of the agenda as a local issue just as the prospect of new faces on the council is with us.
It’s such a complex issue, as I’ve learned is just about anything to do with the waterfront. I’m going on leave for four weeks and I fear some of my holiday reading is documents to do with the you know what.