Leu out­lines the term ahead

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

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.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Ju­lia Leu vot­ing in Port Dou­glas, with Pris Free­man look­ing on

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