Domestic violence in the spotlight
DOUGLAS Shire Mayor Julia Leu has fired a return shot at a State Government minister who said the Far North has adequate resources to deal with domestic violence victims.
Ms Leu is campaigning to have a domestic violence shelter built in the Douglas area and hopes to meet Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at this month’s community cabinet.
Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said last week her department was not considering funding any further shelters in the region because there was already capacity.
Cr Leu said the minister’s comments had left her “stunned and extremely disappointed”.
She said rates of domestic violence were higher at Mossman than in Cairns or Innisfail which both had shelters.
“The minister’s comments show a lack of understanding,” she said.
“We’re not an outer suburb of Cairns, we’re our own community and things based in Mossman actually service areas 100km north of us.”
The Douglas Shire Council has produced a report that has been sent to the State Government asking for funding support for the shelter.
Ms Leu said it would likely cost up to $1 million for the preferred model.