Boy of the North runs for council
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.