Proven track record

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Abi­gail Noli

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