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13 April 2012

DIVISION 10 - A THANKLESS TASK MANAGED ADMIRABLY BY A TIRELESS REPRESENTATIVE WHO DESERVES TO BE RETURNED TO OFFICE

One of the most difficult issues facing the Cairns Regional Council after the gunpoint amalgamation with Douglas Shire was the difficulty for anyone to represent an area that encompasses areas as diverse as Port Douglas, Mossman, and the Daintree areas - along with a rump of voters tacked on from Clifton Beach and Palm Cove.


Because of the diverse nature, we've ended up with a diverse pool of candidates.  Throwing his hat in the ring on behalf of Palm Cove is tourism leader and independent Bob Shaw.  Bob was in the past a strong leader in the Palm Cove environment, however as tourism numbers crashed, it would seem leadership in Palm Cove has crashed as well.  One of the main tourism references, SHOWN HERE, hasn't been updated for nine years.  Not exactly detail-oriented. 


We've not located anyone in Palm Cove or Clifton Beach who've seen Bob Shaw, or any of the other candidates for that matter.  While understandable due to the nonsense dished out by the amalgamation, it would seem that at least Clifton Beach should be returned to Division 9 - without the tourism link, it has NOTHING in common with the rest of division 10.


Terry Melchert, a sacked former CEO of the Douglas Shire council, is a toxic and bitter personality.  He's apparently running this campaign as some kind of "get square" - with whom we're unable to determine.  He's run attacks on the CRC for turning off his expensive water filtration boondoggle - which took good quality water, ran it thru filters for safety, and then pushed it into the homes and tourist accommodations thru old and inadequate piping.  As the CRC took control, the risks were identified and the programme mercifully shut down.  Melchert would bring toxicity to the CRC.  No thanks.


Pete Smith is the late addition to the Unity Team.  He hasn't been seen, hasn't shown at any candidate forums.  A interior decorator for Coral Sea Designs, a Port firm that does hotel and restaurant designs as well as homes and refurbs, has no traceable track record of any community service.  We consider a record of community service vital for election to council - and not just "lip service" done during the campaign.  Engagement with the community on a day-to-day basis is the best way for voters to get to know the temperament and suitability as a councillor.  Pete Smith cannot be supported. 


In the turmoil of this post-amalgamation period, Julia Leu has served admirably and deserves to be returned to office.  She has a good dialog with her community, and while she's taken some hits by some in the community who think she should have been across the Fourmile Beach palms issue, given the size and diversity of her division we're cutting her some slack.  She has our strong support, and should de-amalgamation prove to be a likely scenario in the future, she has the respect and connections at the Cairns Regional Council to act as a strong foundation for this activity.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

No disagreement with you here Hillbilly. Thumbs up for Julia, a very hard working representative, and one who doesn't play games.

Anonymous said...

haha 3 out of 3 so far. 1 murphy, 2 dall'osto, 4 thompson, 5 locco, 7 forsyth, 8 brooks cooper, 9 ohallahan. Do I get a prize if I'm right?

Anonymous said...

Julie should have put her hand up the Deputy Mayor. She would have been fantastic and instead we got an ego craving Cochrane who tried to pull the elected Mayor down, with the help of the shock jock from 4CA from day 1. Shame

River Barron said...

Thanks HILLBILLY you are inspirational.
Ingredients for sustainable relationships - HONESTY (first with yourself then with others) - EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION (you can be brutally honest but a shit communicator and visa versa, you need to balance the 2) and the last point to make a Trinity and often the most overlooked is the space to grow INDEPENDENTLY ( be true to yourself, not someone else's puppet). Its only a handful of independent candidates with all these qualities. They have earned my respect.

Anonymous said...

If I was in this Division, I would be voting for Julia. She does an excellent job in the Council Chamber which is more than I can say about some of the others that sit in there. Charlie.

Anonymous said...

So Hillbilly, are you going to do a diatribe on each of the Divisions and their candidates and let everyone know just how you feel? When will you get around to Dvision 2,1,9 etc so that you can help us make up our minds? I would be very interested in Divs 1&2 as they are all new Candidates, no ex councillors etc as far as I can see. Morgan A.

Anonymous said...

what I'd like to know is if every candidate is getting a phone call or email from hillbilly to at least give them a chance to communicate? Or will it just be the independents mentioned by anonymous 10:37

JOHN MACKENZIE'S HILLBILLY WATCH said...

Every candidate is had contact made with them in some way. HBW has attended in person several candidate forums and heard candidates speak, and knows a few candidates from over the years at community functions, sporting events, etc. Can't help that a few hard cases won't respond - but we're getting a good picture of most candidates.

Long-standing community service and involvement is paramount, with "left" or "right" politics being of little interest. When people work with their neighbours in community endeavours, everyone finds out about the temperament, problem-solving ability, and dedication to the task at hand. These are the critical skills for councillor.

Destiny Prophet said...

Agree with every choice so far fully - and the reasoning.

Tony Hillier said...

Keep up the surveillance HBW, and don't let the doubting anonymouses get you down. Many moons ago, this correspondent did his best to inform punters about council and mayoral candidates via the irreverent pages of Barfly. Don't 'spose many miss the old blowie as much as this venerable hack.

athena said...

I miss it Tony. There used to be some good humour in there.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 10.37 above. The three that HBW has nominated above have worked very hard for their divisions so I think that HBW is giving credit where credit is due. Obviously you are a member of the LNP and given the huge win you guys had in the State Election you feel that every candidate that is in Masthead Manning's LNP Team should all be elected. Get a life as the three people HBW have nominated are good strong councillors who deserve to be re-elected. Charlie

Anon No. 4 said...

The first thing that should happen is that CRC squeezes out the Port Pimple itelf, rather than wait for de-amalgamation. The sooner these whining wankers get the bum's rush the better.

Lou said...

Will be interestng to see if Newman coughs up the lolly for the Douglas Shire. I doubt they will get Jack Squat myself. Buy hey I do support their right to de-amalgamate. I like Leu BTW from what I have seen. I reckon Murphy in Division 1. Only heard good things there. Be buggered if I know much about any of the others.

Anonymous said...

Yes, let's get rid of Port and that pathetic pest called
Pearl and bring back the Barfly !

Ron again said...

Masthead obviously wants a clean sweep much like his pal Newman had in the State Election. He doesn't want much "opposition" to the plans given to him by the Boys Club to carry out. Could you imagine old Masthead trying to cope with what Val Schier has had to cope with? He's already got his cheer squad there in rugnut and King. What would really upset the old apple cart is if FIVE or more Independents were elected to Council with him as Mayor. Geez, I would laugh hey.

Anonymous said...

Brooks cooper is a loud mouth, Blake like snake in the grass that's labour views will take our division back a decade. Don't vote for her!

Anonymous said...

Comparing Brooks-Copper to Blake shows your ignorance. Having a voice for the community is what we need, not someone who makes quiet decisions and not be held accountable.

time's up said...

Anon4....if it means never having to hear from you again that will be a huge bonus! Like many - in your profound ignorance you confuse the Douglas Shire with Port Douglas-which obviously stirs up your feelings of inadequacy. But hey! us whining wankers will have the last laugh - it's like Ghandi said (not that you'd know) "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win"

Curly Joe said...

Hillbilly, I am also in complete agreement that Julia Leu has performed an admirable job as councillor of this huge division. However the forces of Unity are mounting a strong opposition to her with exchanges of preferences etc. As someone wrote above Unity is looking to a clean sweep and is using any method possible to get this. The preference deals going on between candidates is going to see some absolute fuckwits fall over the line. It would be a loss of monumental proportions if such a fuckwit ended up winning Division 10 because of these preference deals.

Anonymous said...

Brooks-Cooper has the community service runs on the board and will get my vote.

athena said...

Just came back from a drive to Daintree today. Pete Smith (Unity) has corflutes literally all over the place, all the way from Port to Daintree. I only saw one of Julia Leu's.

Anonymous said...

Yeah the LNP have been dishing out the dosh to help promote the Pete Smith/Bob Manning "team" Athena but no amount of corflutes will make up for their combined level of ignorance about what it takes to be the Div 10 Councillor. The former DSC, if you recall, limited the display of election propaganda material seeing it (quite rightly) as an environmental eyesore.

Anonymous said...

Julia has done a great job in Council but the size of her Division is just impossible for anyone to represent all areas equally. We need to include Clifton Beach and Palm Cove in Division 9 - its that simple.

Anonymous said...

Terry Melchert was sacked as CEO of the former Douglas Shire Council after an independent assessment of his performance. It is the opinion of many that his favorable treatment of the so called "gang of four" being then councillors Egan, Pitt, Sciacca and Bellero was a significant contributor to the decision of then Minister for Local Government, Andrew Fraser, to amalgamate the Douglas Shire with the Cairns City Council. Think twice before voting for this bloke. A dangerous individual who may appear charming on the outside but will prove to be insidious if given the chance.