SOUND AS­PI­RA­TIONS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

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