Leu plea to Premier
RUBBING elbows with the state’s leaders at a dinner for visiting ambassadors in Cairns opened up the way for Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu to plead directly to the Premier for help with securing a site for Paws and Claws.
At the dinner, Ms Leu was able to take up the issue of the homeless animal shelter’s proposed site at Yule Point personally with Premier Anna Palaszczuk. “She was very willing to listen to me,” Ms Leu told the “She said she was not aware of the issue.”
The mayor received a phone call from the Premier’s staff the next day.
She has now written back with a hefty letter detailing the background to the entire saga surrounding the shelter site.
In her letter Ms Leu requests “the Premier intervene . . . and allow Douglas Shire to purchase the Yule Point site”.
Having been finally able to get to his boss, Ms Leu recounts her difficulty in trying to meet personally with Minister Lynham on this matter.
Ms Leu said on PortFM radio that, until now, her attempts to reach Minister Lynham over this matter had been thwarted by an “iron wall”.
Her letter spells out in detail council’s rebuttal to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines’ shock decision to withhold approval of the land deal because it had been persuaded that the site was a cassowary habitat.