Businessman throws down gauntlet in mayoral tussle
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.