RATEPAYERS’ MONEY TO SUBSIDISE COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY?
It is astonishing that Douglas Shire Council is considering a permanent subsidy of the commercial fishing industry.
Acquiring land for the commercial fishing industry using an as-yet unknown amount of ratepayers’ money (and yes, using the several millions of $s proceeds of waterfront free-holding is still ratepayers’ money), is an unwarranted subsidy of the private enterprise-led Commercial Fishing Industry businesses.
Given the council’s well-known budgetary constraints, have ratepayers been asked or consulted whether or not the monies would be better spent on roads or other priorities? Surely it is unprecedented that a council would choose to ride rough-shod over the will of those they serve.
Has there been any stakeholder engagement on this important issue, since the ratepayers, and wider community, are stakeholders.
While it is important to reach a sustainable solution for the Port Douglas commercial fishing industry, it needs to be carefully planned, and led from a commercial enterprise integrated business plan.
Since that seems lacking, DSC in its wisdom has proposed a solution led by the local government sector. I’m looking skywards for those pigs!
Gerry Ireland, Port Douglas