Aim­ing to kick goals

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

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.”

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