Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the spot­light

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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