Proven track record
ABIGAIL Noli was a standout contestant at the shire’s inaugural elections in 2013 when, as a first-time candidate, she polled more highly than any other councillor, garnering 10.8 per cent of the vote.
Being unaligned, her election to council seemed to make her “the one in the middle” between the other contending forces, a political novice with an independent but respected stance, and from a well known local family.
Becoming deputy mayor reflected her poll result.
“In 2013 I asked you to elect a trustworthy, honest, independently minded person. One who knows the shire well and has no ulterior motives,” she said. “I asked you to elect me because I wanted to improve the place where I was born and have always loved.”
Ms Noli points to her record during this term, including 100 per cent attendance at 53 council meetings (including special meetings) to year-end 2015, chairing meetings in the absence of the Mayor, and holding countless meeting with residents at their request.
Her committee involve- ment includes the Douglas Shire Council Audit Committee, the Regional Arts Development Fund Committee and the Local Disaster Management Group Committee (member and vice chair).
She has attended Daintree Coast Community Council, is zone representative of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association and a member of the Daintree Joint Management Group and the Bloomfield Track Signage Committee.
She also points to her involvement in such things as a coal seam gas fracking-free shire, food stalls at the Port Douglas Markets, keeping Paws and Claws alive until a new committee was elected, relocation of the Outrigger club to a safer environment, reinstallation of the Meteors Swim Club back into the Bicentennial Swimming Pool in Mossman after many years absence, Mossman Front Street upgrade and the improvement of cycling facilities in the shire.
She also has initiated discussions on Newell Beach erosion.
“Combined with my abilities to work closely with our community, I have contributed solidly, logically and in conjunction with council officers and expert personnel to our community plan, budget deliberations, operational plans and planning scheme revision,” Ms Noli said.
“I have endeavoured to help build a resilient and thriving community, a place to live that is safe, nurturing, fostering and emotionally fulfilling for all its residents.
“I wish to develop a shire that meets and exceeds the needs and expectations of those who are lucky enough to call Douglas home.