Now time to move ahead

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THOUGH at the time of writ­ing there is an ag­o­niz­ing wait for sev­eral can­di­dates to see whether they were elected in the coun­cil poll, it seems al­ready clear that there is the mak­ing of good, work­able coun­cil just wait­ing con­fir­ma­tion.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ju­lia Leu for her com­mand­ing win to the may­oralty for a se­cond term.

And con­grat­u­la­tions to Roy Zam­mataro whose first time ap­pear­ance be­fore the elec­torate has re­ceived such an im­pres­sive en­dorse­ment from those vot­ers. Abi­gail Noli also ran away to an un­equiv­o­cal win

The in­au­gu­ral coun­cil per­formed a daunting task that called for steadi­ness and a ton of hard work, just to get the DSC and the shire back on its feet.

I think they did that and all of those who served on that coun­cil de­serve thanks.

That coun­cil had to start from scratch and most of us will never know how hard that was.

They have their crit­ics, for sure, but they de­liv­ered the solid start the shire needed.

Now, with a four-year term ahead of the new coun­cil, I think it should not just be about con­sol­i­da­tion and steady as she goes gov­er­nance, but a care­ful weigh­ing of ideas and the pur­suit of a uni­fied vi­sion as much as pos­si­ble.

Let’s make things hap­pen – and the most press­ing case is the Reef Ma­rina re­de­vel­op­ment. I re­alise how com­plex and vexed this is, but it must be ad­dressed so that Port Dou­glas, and in fact the whole shire, reaps the ben­e­fit of this ex­cit­ing pro­ject.

Al­to­gether on an­other note, let’s give recog­ni­tion to two more sport­ing teams that have cov­ered them­selves with glory – the Mud­dies B and C grade cricket teams, both of which have just com­pleted back-back-back premier­ship wins. Go Mud­dies!

Heck, go Dou­glas!

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