Mayor takes the Paws fight to Brisbane
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.