A time when ideas count
IDEAS are special commodities, especially good ideas. There is a longing in the community for the council hopefuls to have come equipped with good ideas about how to run the shire, some imagination and some vision about where to take the community.
Fortunately a few candidates did have some ideas in their backpacks and these enlivened the run up to the election, in the forums at least.
As well as that, one or two candidates made the point that the shire’s various localities are connected economically and that the health of the biggest industries – especially tourism – reaches through to all the other businesses and therefore all the people, in the shire.
That’s why the critical issues that seem to belong just to Port Douglas should be a concern in every part of the shire. The economic driver of tourism feeds into everything else eventually and in one way or another.
++++++++++++ I won’t be voting in the referendum for a change to four-year terms for state government.
I used to think it was simple – fouryear terms would result in better governance, letting those elected to power to institute their programs and get them up and running without having the cautiousness imposed on them that frequent elections bring.
But perhaps the architects of our political system were pretty wise in setting three-year terms, since they have an over-riding and powerful advantage, and that is, if a deficient government, or a deficient local representative, is elected then the electorate gets an earlier chance to correct the situation.
The parlous state of the Seat of Cook is an example.
Another three years before the people can have a say in its running would be an awful prospect indeed.