Aiming to kick goals
LONG-TIME local Melinda Cox has come forward as one of the last council candidates to throw her hat in the ring.
The community-minded woman is a familiar face in many local groups including Meals on Wheels, The Leukaemia Foundation, Douglas Netball Association, and she is a life member of the Port Douglas Crocs AFL Club.
She says her love and knowledge of the community is is driving her to run for council.
“I truly love our shire and would love to be involved in the decision-making process concerning this amazing area,” she said.
“I am a totally independent candidate, as I believe there is no place for team politics in local government.
“I also believe that every decision made should be judged on its own merits.”
Mrs Cox is also a great supporter of the long-awaited nursing home for the shire and says it’s at the top of her list.
“As the community is ageing we need facilities to enable families to be near and continue to be active in their lives, it doesn’t seem fair that elderly members of our community are forced to leave the shire,” she said.
“I would also like to find out the situation with the microfiltration system council installed at great cost many years ago.
“I do remember a time when the Douglas Shire had the best water in the southern hemisphere and we, the community, were very proud of that.”
In addition to focusing on community issues as a whole, Mrs Cox says it’s also her priority to recognise individual needs.
“I believe everybody has a right to be heard, and no matter how trivial an issue may seem to some, it is extremely important to the person who has that issue,” she said.
“That person deserves to be able to talk with their local councillor and feel they have a voice. My commitment to the whole of Douglas is to be available, to listen and to represent them and their interests.”