In the Gazette of Thursday February 11 there was published an article about myself and the current campaign.
Unfortunately, due to size restrictions, a very important part was omitted — my future aspirations and ideas for the shire.
In the spirit of equity the Gazette has advised me to write a letter to the editor including the omitted part.
Should I be re-elected I have identified an area I would like to pursue to help fulfil my ambitions for this shire.
It has saddened me and also shocked me to discover that domestic violence and homelessness are quite common in this shire. Like most places in the world, this issue for some reason is kept silent and often not known about publicly.
It is not of course the core business of council to directly combat these issues.
I wish to be a community leader to help advocate and facilitate the correct and available agencies that specialise in dealing with these problems.
Council has a strong voice and, being leaders, we can head the charge for improvements. It must be a multifaceted attack with, firstly, public acknowledgment then immediate implementation of safe houses and, coincidentally, counselling for both the abused and abusers.
It would be a long-term project but the solution must start somewhere.
Finally, the reason you should elect me again into the Douglas Shire Council.
I will continue with everything I started with: honesty, integrity, a logical way of thinking, thoroughness and a genuine desire to “do good”. This time however, I have something more to offer.
I have experience and know-how. I have made connections and forged useful friendships. I have proven to be a team worker and solid with my decisions.
I will continue to work as hard as possible and be involved in every aspect of this community that I can be. I will say no more.
Abigail Noli, Deputy Mayor.
making it into a proper fishing platform? Apparently the piles are still OK so you would think it wouldn’t cost too much to make a platform. It is a popular spot, for good reason. I hope council considers keeping it as a recreational asset.
Bill Simpson, Port Douglas.
Kaiden Sorensen, 18, is recovering in Cairns Hospital after crashing into a tree on the Captain Cook Highway.