Leu plea to Premier

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

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.

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