Paws shock: no land!

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

THE State gov­ern­ment has dropped a bomb­shell on Dou­glas Shire by re­ject­ing the coun­cil’s bid for va­cant land at Yule Point for a new home for an­i­mal shel­ter Paws and Claws, which is cur­rently home­less.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu spoke an­grily about the news and in­tends to lead the coun­cil and com­mu­nity in a push to over­turn the de­ci­sion by the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers have been work­ing with the de­part­ment for 12 months to pur­chase the par­cel of land at Yule Point for Paws and Claws and the news has come as a com­plete shock.

The de­part­ment re­jected the DSC’s ac­qui­si­tion of the land on en­vi­ron­men­tal grounds, cit­ing among other things the area’s al­leged im­por­tance for the South­ern Cas­sowary.

Mayor Leu, a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of the en­vi­ron­ment and the Am­bas­sador for World Cas­sowary Day 2016, said this as­sess­ment de­fied logic and un­der­mined the com­mu­nity’s con­fi­dence in gov­ern­ment.

She said such an as­sess­ment may even “threaten fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in Far North Queens­land”.

The de­ci­sion “un­der­mines com­mu­nity con­fi­dence in gov­ern­ment, de­fies logic and is out of touch with com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Af­ter more than 12 months

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