Solid shire background
WELL known local man Roy Zammataro has 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 said.
“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, 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 agricul- ture 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 bas- ketball, 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. We successfully engineered the planning and 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 shire,” he said.
• This article is reprinted due to a production error last week regarding the candidate’s first name, for which the