Leu outlines the term ahead
NEWLY re-elected Mayor Julia Leu this week said she’s looking forward to working with a unified council over the next four years.
She congratulated Roy Zammataro and Abigail Noli on their apparent win in Saturday’s election. Meanwhile this week counting continued in the three-way contest between Peter McKeown, Michael Kerr and David Carey for the third and fourth seats on the council.
At last poll Mr Zammataro proved to be the most popular of the council candidates, gaining 13.14 per cent of the votes.
This will be Mr Zammataro’s first stint in council but he believes his experience of working closely with local government for years will carry him through.
“I’m going to be new in council but the things I’m looking at is getting the shire back on track after de-amalgamation,” said Mr Zammataro.
“What we’re concerned with is getting it working and getting me into council and learning the ropes.
“I’ve dealt with local government a lot and I always study the issues and know what’s going on.
“I’m interested in keeping the agriculture and tourism industries alive, because we’re all indirectly employed by them.”
Once votes are finalised it will be down to business for the new council, with Mayor Leu already stating her short term and long term plan for the shire over the next four years.
“The 2016/17 budget deliberations, capital works program and the operational plan are the immediate priorities for the next 3 months,” she said.
“Some of the major projects council will focus on include completion of the Port Douglas water reservoir, Flagstaff Hill walking trail, Port Douglas waterfront, Mossman aged care precinct, improvements to both Macrossan street and Front street, Mossman market park and the Sugar Wharf, the next stage of the Daintree Gateway and the roll out of the five-year cycling plan.”
Abigail Noli, who was first elected a councillor after de-amalgamation, said a large part of her two-year term was dedicated to the re-establishment of the shire.
Cr Noli said the previous council was somewhat limited by these constraints and she’s looking forward to pushing the shire in a progressive direction.
“Unfortunately much time over the last two years was forcefully dedicated to re-establishing the new shire; policies, strategies, laws and plans had to be implemented and that was hugely time consuming,” she said.
“I am so excited because this term will allow me to do what I consider to be the fun things for improving the shire.
“Plans and projects that have been put into place or newly implemented can be consolidated and these foundations can be built upon.”
Cr Noli hopes to build stronger representation for domestic violence and homelessness, a community approved public spaces plan and environmental sustainability.
As of yesterday David Carey was leading the charge of the three prospective councillors, sitting on 2,243 votes.
Michael Kerr and Peter McKeown were neck and neck both sitting on 10.17 per cent with only one vote separating Mr Kerr from the lead.
Julia Leu voting in Port Douglas, with Pris Freeman looking on