The race gath­ers pace

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

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.

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