Mayor takes the Paws fight to Bris­bane

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

DOU­GLAS Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu will be in Bris­bane this morn­ing to meet with En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Steven Miles over the pro­posed Paws and Claws site at Yule Point.

Last week the Gov­ern­ment re-con­firmed its de­ci­sion to knock back coun­cil’s at­tempt to buy the land, cit­ing it as “an es­sen­tial habi­tat for the en­dan­gered South­ern Cas­sowary”.

Mayor Leu and Paws and Claws pres­i­dent Michael Kerr were fi­nally able to se­cure a face to face meet­ing with Min­is­ter for State De­vel­op­ment Anthony Lyn­ham to plead their case when Cabi­net was in Cairns last.

“This meet­ing un­for­tu­nately was a com­plete waste of time as it was clear that the min­is­ter, who was sur­rounded by his six of his se­nior of­fi­cials, had al­ready made up his mind to refuse our ap­pli­ca­tion,” said Mayor Leu yes­ter­day. “It left the meet­ing com­pletely dis­il­lu­sioned with the process coun­cil and the Paws and Claws com­mit­tee had been sub­jected to since last Novem­ber.”

Mayor Leu then ap­proached Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk at the FNQ May­ors meet­ing and urged the Premier to re­view Min­is­ter Lyn­ham’s de­ci­sion.

“I stressed the over­whelm­ing sup­port by the com­mu­nity for the site and the lu­di­crous de­ci­sion by the Min­is­ter, when Coun­cil had demon­strated that the Yule Point site is a suit­able lo­ca­tion and clearly de­tailed the likely im­pli­ca­tions for na­tive wildlife, if the De­part­ment was to re­ject our pro­posal.”

The fate of the Paws and Claws site at Yule Point is now in En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Steven Miles’ hands as he re­views the de­ci­sion on be­half of the Premier.

Mayor Leu used last week’s cabi­net meet­ing to the Shire’s ad­van­tage and ap­proached min­is­ters on a num­ber of im­por­tant un­re­solved is­sues.

Mayor Leu met with Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Mark Ryan to dis­cuss the need for a sec­ond res­cue he­li­copter for the re­gion and the prob­lems the lo­cal coast guard are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing with the Aus­tralian Vol­un­teer Coast Guard As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Mayor told the Gazette she had a pos­i­tive meet­ing with Pre­ven­tion of Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence min­is­ter Shan­non Fen­ti­man in re­gards to the pro­posed do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ter to be based in Moss­man.

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