THE SHIRE TWO YEARS ON
Douglas residents were looking forward to positive future after de-amalgamation and the disappointing reign of Cairns Regional Council. Unfortunately, the performance of Douglas Shire Council ohas turned out to be equally deficient.
A lack of public consultation, mismanagement and lack of control of operations/personnel seem commonplace. Councillors are left in the dark on major decisions.
Residents may recently be aware of the projected 5 per cent per year increase in rates for the next four years.
Traffic lights installed in Mossman, the first in the Shire, were unwanted by residents. Council had prior approval for a roundabout, deeper set-back and screening for Woolworths. The result is a concrete eyesore.
“Consultation” was undertaken to ensure an attractive and landscaped entrance would be created to Port Douglas. Main Roads did not stipulate the roundabout should be concrete. Council installed a concrete roundabout and placed the blame with Main Roads. The entrance is now a sea of concrete and mass signage.
We have a sanitised, over-manicured roundabout at Four Mile with Council again throwing the blame on Main Roads.
In 2012 our current Mayor pledged to replant the iconic stand of coconut palms removed from Four Mile Beach. The weed infested site is still waiting to be replanted. DSC “Coconut Management Plan” sanctions the removal of major numbers of coconut palms. Residents who wish to retain a coconut palm near their property will be required to enter into a written agreement and pay denutting and maintenance costs. Councillors have little control, communication or consultation with DSC gardeners. This plan authorises continued removal of palms and trees at whim.
In 2014, Cyclone Yasi demolished a large bush almond in Macrossan Street. Council advised the public would be consulted on its replacement. Many months later, a small native tree was planted, leaving a large gap in the streetscape. No consultation and the threat of replacement of all the bush almonds is the result.
Council’s Operations Dept. removed the old Mowbray bridge without the knowledge of some Councillors or public being notified of the decision.
We need to elect new Councillors who will consult with and implement the will of the residents, and protect and enhance the diversity and tropical appeal of our Shire.
Barry O’Brien, Port Douglas
We need to elect new Councillors who will consult with and implement the will of the residents, and protect and enhance the diversity and appeal of our tropical Shire. Barry O’Brien