Busi­ness­man throws down gaunt­let in may­oral tus­sle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Madi­son Wil­liams

ROY Weavers, for­mer gen­eral man­ager of Car­ni­vale and founder of News­port will be run­ning against Mayor Ju­lia Leu in the March 19 coun­cil elec­tions.

The man­ager has stepped down from his role at News­port and “stepped up to the plate”, mak­ing him the only other may­oral can­di­date to in­cum­bent Ms Leu.

Mr Weavers said his wor­ries over the man­age­ment of coun­cil had forced him to put his name for­ward.

“As the two years have gone along (since dea­mal­ga­ma­tion), I’ve be­come in­creas­ingly wor­ried about the de­tach­ment of the CEO unit,” he said.

“The middle man­age­ment and the front line of the coun­cil do a great job and I’ve had lots to do with them for Car­ni­vale but it’s wor­ry­ing me.

“There’s a phi­los­o­phy I’m go­ing to try and bring of, ‘if that’s what the peo­ple want, that’s what we’re go­ing to do’.”

Al­though he lives in Port Dou­glas, Roy claims he has a “very big foot in both Port Dou­glas and Moss­man”.

“I don’t ever think of my­self as a Port Douglian, I think of my­self as a Douglian,” he said.

He’s on the board of the Moss­man Botan­i­cal Gar­den, man­aged Car­ni­vale, and founded Por­to­ber­fest and the Great Bar­rier Reef Marathon.

He has de­vel­oped four in­te­gral pil­lars for his cam­paign.

“Busi­ness de­vel­op­ment – and the word ‘de­vel­op­ment’ is not ‘ prop­erty de­vel­op­ment’ – is very much mak­ing sure that busi­ness is ex­pand­ing in the area,” he said.

“Com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, to get a smile back on ev­ery­one’s face.

“I want sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ca­tion so peo­ple can feel their coun­cil is ac­ces­si­ble.

“And I want the en­vi­ron­ment to be pro­tected, to be se­cure and that it is the high­est pri­or­ity in any­thing we do.

“With­out the en­vi­ron­ment, none of us have jobs, it’s the front line of this area and I be­lieve with care­ful plan­ning, even if we do go down the line of growth, we will still be able to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Al­though Mr Weavers com­mends the cur­rent coun­cil’s ef­forts af­ter dea­mal­ga­ma­tion, he says he wants to take a new step for the shire.

“Th­ese last few years were al­ways go­ing to be an in­terim, a man­age­ment af­fair and I think not par­tic­u­larly vi­sion­ary and that’s ex­actly how it’s turned out,” he said.

“It’s been a good man­age­ment job but not ev­ery­thing is right and it’s time to change that.”

1. Ju­lia Leu 2. Roy Weavers

1. Paul Snel­grove 2. Vivi­enne Ruf­fles 3. Peter McKe­own 4. Michael Kerr 5. Terry Melchert 6. Abi­gail Noli 7. Roy Zam­mataro 8. Donna Gra­ham 9. Bruce Clarke 10. Melinda Cox 11. David Carey

GOOD LIS­TENER: Melinda Cox is gear­ing up for a cam­paignto be elected as a Dou­glas Shire coun­cil­lor.

STEP­PING UP: May­oral can­di­date Roy Weavers.

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