Boy of the North runs for coun­cil

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

PETER Mcke­own is a self­pro­claimed boy of the Far North.

Mr Mcke­own was born in Ather­ton, raised and schooled in Cairns and moved to Moss­man in 1988 af­ter work­ing for NAB and ANZ for 15 years.

He has a strong back­ground in fi­nance and op­er­a­tions, which he be­lieves has pre­pared him for a role in coun­cil.

“I helped in op­er­a­tions of Temp­ta­tions Cafe in Moss­man and have also op­er­ated Co­ral Reef Coaches for the past twelve years, cater­ing for school, air­port trans­fers, Port Dou­glas lo­cal shut­tles and char­ters and em­ploy­ing more than 40 staff,” he said.

“I am com­mu­nity ori­en­tated, as­sist­ing many sport­ing and so­cial groups with trans­port costs and spon­sor­ship through our busi­nesses.

“I am eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, will­ing to lis­ten to is­sues and work for the elec­torate to achieve a rea­son­able out­come.

“I have wit­nessed the shire go through tough and good times. We are a di­verse shire and all sec­tions are im­por­tant to the fu­ture pros­per­ity of our re­gion.”

Peter says that dur­ing the 27 years he has lived in the shire he has seen all the highs and lows.

Through the eyes of a busi­ness op­er­a­tor Mr Mcke­own wit­nessed the amal­ga­ma­tion and dea­mal­ga­ma­tion of the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil.

He be­lieves that dur­ing the ad­just­ment phase of de­mal­ga­ma­tion it is cru­cial to set a sound fi­nan­cial tar­get that will al­low the shire to grow and de­velop. “Coun­cil­lors are the cus­to­di­ans of ratepayer’s money and dur­ing th­ese dif­fi­cult times ratepay­ers ex­pect coun­cil to spend money wisely and re­ceive value for money, as any busi­ness op­er­a­tor would,” he said.

“We need to tighten op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture.

“The in­creas­ing of rates should be a last re­sort, al­though we know it will al­ways be around the con­sumer price in­dex (CPI), but there are other ways of hold­ing costs or sav­ing ex­pen­di­ture that should be in­ves­ti­gated be­fore in­creas­ing rates ex­ces­sively.

“I be­lieve that with my busi­ness back­ground and hard work­ing ethics I could as­sist in a coun­cil that works to­gether to achieve a com­mon goal, in an open and ef­fi­cient way, and along with a com­mon­sense ap­proach lead the Dou­glas shire to a stronger fi­nan­cial po­si­tion while main­tain­ing the ba­sic fun­da­men­tals of coun­cil.”

Lo­cal busi­ness owner Peter Mcke­own.

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