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03 February 2013

PORT DOUGLAS, STRIPPED OF THEIR VIRILITY BY ANNA BLIGH, SEEK TO PROVE A POINT THAT THE REST OF US WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND


Asking any long-time FNQ residents to make an informed electoral choice built on a six-syllable word is asking for trouble.






"DE-AMALGAMATION"
(is that even a word?)

This is a populist "bone" thrown by the Joh Bjelke Newman LNP government under the guise of  "respecting the ratepayers".  It's an idea so retrograde that even Cairns Council wisely instructed councillors and staff to remain "neutral" on the issue.  So the hillbillies in former Douglas are slugging it out.

We don't get it. 

As the de-amalgamation report from the Treasury pointed out, Douglas Shire cannot survive financially as a council with this few ratepayers over such a large area.  One of the self-appointed group leaders, Ken Dobbs, of the "Douglas Residents and Ratepayers Association", is pushing for a "no" vote on the de-amalgamation, with his group in agreement with these Queensland Treasury and Boundaries Commissioner reports.

Of course, the pro-de-amalgamation faction led by former Mayor Mike Berwick and the "Friends of Douglas Shire" (FODS) have been the long-time instigators of the push to de-amalgamate.  In their extensive published report, prepared for David Crisifulli and the LNP government, they outline the rosiest of pictures for the return of Douglas to its former self-rule.  The only thing missing is the residents hand in hand skipping thru a field of poppies.  Here ya' go.



We're going to confine our analysis at the two major issues for the ratepayers - the financial viability of Douglas as a stand-alone council, and the threat by FODS to return Port Douglas to the supply of polluted water to residents and tourists.

The original reasons for the amalgamation of councils into larger regional councils was simple - small councils are inefficient, with often corrupt "mates rates" contracting of essential services.  Small councils tend to provide a lower level of service than in larger, better funded councils, and meet the needs of a wider range of citizens.  While the FODS report glowingly repeats the previous Douglas claims that "Most residents and businesses of Douglas shire enjoyed a high level of service at competitive rates and charges", in the final analysis the government found this claim lacking in substantive ways.  Some of these shortcomings included roads built to substandard conditions, long-term refurbishment and maintenance of vital infrastructure ignored, and a shire office packed with middle-management paper pushers.

On page 40 of the FODS document is the sad truth about the Douglas infrastructure.  While they may have been "fully funding depreciation", they weren't fixing a bloody thing.  Engineers from Cairns were appalled at the decay in much of the Douglas infrastructure, and were required to make immediate, emergency investments of some $6M upon amalgamation.  And another $10M since.  IT'S IN THEIR OWN NUMBERS!  Even at the higher rates (falsely attributed to the amalgamation), Douglas did not have the wherewithal to repair what was fast becoming a shire in collapse.  And even Cairns has been stretched to make the necessary fixes.  Douglas alone couldn't do it then, and can't do it now.

And even the "Friends of Douglas" report, (about slide 15, they're unnumbered) prepared by former Douglas Corporate General Manager David Carey admits they won't have any money for capital works!  He suggests going cap-in-hand to the state government.  A pathetic and unrealistic plan.

FODS also notes that rates in Douglas after the amalgamation increased some 20%.  As they did in Cairns.  As they did across the state.  And as they're going to continue to do, at an increased clip under the LNP.  Governments across Australia are all engaged in fiscal "tricks", as funding for commitments they make are pushed into the financial planning of the next level of government DOWN.  In 2008, Val Schier and other council candidates, acting without the knowledge that Kevin Byrne had about the water treatment requirements, promised to hold rates increases to the CPI.  When the new Council took over they were told, oh by the way, the State is forcing us to spend $350M on water treatment without a shilling to contribute.  This is the "financial norm" in the 21st Century.

FODS's financial analysis ignores this fact.  The State is doing less.  The Feds are doing less.  The days of moneybags being handed out by these governments are over, at least for the medium-term.  Douglas can't survive with the same level of rates as Cairns, because new requirements for infrastructure, planning, employees, and other factors give Douglas a much higher operational cost per ratepayer.  And with a return to the days of middle-management paper pushers, even more so.  Costs have been driven up by State decisions to shift former State project burdens to councils.  That's why Anna Bligh pushed thru the amalgamations - she knew that a small council like Douglas would be bankrupted by these mandates.

THIS IS THE SAME GUY THAT SOLD
PORT THEIR "WATER FILTER" SCHEME


Finally, the water.  The greenie ratbags who pushed thru the "no chlorine" water treatment system ignored persistent advice from engineers that the cleanest water in the world wouldn't survive a ride in the old, dirty, poorly designed Port Douglas water reticulation system.  The "micro-filtration" system implemented, instead of the cheaper standard for chlorinated drinking water, was a system never designed to be hooked up to old, disease-ridden pipes.  But the multi-million dollar experiment was sold to the community by the greenie-dominated council, who went along with the nonsensical solution faster than Springfield and the Monorail.  Mercifully, the "risk analysis" done on this water scheme by the CRC after amalgamation forced the professionals at Cairns Water to put an end to the experiment.  There's been no end to the bitching.  

But there is no doubt the greenie schemers are attempting a comeback.  They've even allowed for a 50% rate increase on water to pay for it.  

So what does it all mean?

The fundamental electoral and management problem in Douglas shire is the thousands of property owners, ratepayers-all, who can't vote in this or any local election.  At the end of the day they're seen by all as the "goose that lays the golden eggs".  With new schemes being mooted by the "de-amalgamation" side that uses tricks to skew the rates onto the backs of the non-locals, does any of this really matter?  We say build a toll booth at Turtle Cove, manned with queens, and charge people to go to/from whatever is north of there.  It's a useful Working Holiday project. 

Campaigns are being run on both sides without the benefit of the usual campaign disclosures.  Who's funding both sides of this argument, and what benefit are they seeking for themselves?  Mike Berwick, Ken Dobbs, and Julia Leu, along with others on the front line, should renounce their candidacy for mayor or council in a de-amalgamated Douglas Shire.  But with so many "ratepayers" in Port not entitled to vote, it's hard to see much of a turnout when much of the electorate can't even figure out that "NO" means "YES".

PEOPLE OF DOUGLAS.ORG

QUEENSLAND TREASURY REPORT


54 comments:

Jethro said...

I'm afraid I cannot muster up any enthusiasm for "de-amalgamation". It was originally done after years of discussions, rowdy public meetings blah blah and should have been a fait accomplait. You're spot on Hillbilly, if they do decide to de-amalgamate, they won't get a brass razoo from the State Government and most likely NADA from the Federal Government for anything they need. Frankly, I reckon the whole de-amalgamation hysteria is being driven by a few self-serving sophists who just want to put their own arses into well paid cushy jobs while they run up a huge debt for their successors.

Anonymous said...

Anyone bother to caution them that you can't be too careful with your water supply? A good dose of cholera or typhoid through Port Douglas would kill their tourist industry stone cold dead and the victims would be bloody lucky to get medical treatment in this age of financial restraint

Seth at Port said...

Even Pearl of Wangetti is rattling her dags about the cost of de-amalgamation of Douglas Shire. Wonder if after a couple of years or so, if de-amalgamation becomes a reality following the referendum, if they don't re-amalgamate with CRC again?? Knowing how everything goes round and round in circles here, its quite on the cards.

Doug Lassiter said...

As a long time fan and supporter of HBW I'm appalled at this crock of sh*t you and your ertswhile mate like the relevance-deprived Ken Dobbs present! Time to get up to speed my friend with the fear-over-facts campaign by the nay-sayers and dog whistlers who are now desperate - like deer caught in the headlights - to gain some traction in this important debate.

Anonymous said...

Reading any other article on this blog would make any thinking person want to de-amalgamate from Cairns faster than the current line up (the majority that is) of elected dimwits can lose ...what are we up to Hillbilly Watch...over 100 million in State and Federal funding? I used to respect this blog as an alternative to the shit reporting from Cairns Post and John MacKenzie...but his article just indicates you are another Labor sycophant with a short term view. What a shame!

Anonymous said...

Best that the Cairns ratepayers are freed from the shackles of the ex Douglas Shire mismanagement, inferior infrastructure and debt.
The Port Douglas crowd think they are "special" with so called "iconic" values.
Gordonvale has similar "iconic" values but the folks there just get on with life.
Let them go ... please!!!

jim-bob snr said...

Good idea Anonymous 19.35, let them go. They will quickly rack up a burgeoning debt only this time round won't be able to get much assistance from the State Government and won't have a woman or an ALP State Government to blame for all their problems. It's gunna be a very different ballgame this time, thats for sure.

Doug Lassiter said...

Oh yes anonymous 19.35- the previous Shire's perceived mismanagement is a constant whipping boy for all that was seen as a reason for amalgamation. But how come you include "debt" in your argument? This does not hold water as even the Qld Treasurer, "Boy" Fraser, said Douglas was "in an enviable financial position" at the time of amalgamation. This is probably a point best illustrated by the fact that Douglas was able to contribute over $25million in cash and cash equivalents to the black hole that is Cairns' debt (now $92m and rising!!!) We've been asking where the money went because there's little evidence it was spent in Douglas and the CRC won't tell us! No wonder they're trying to keep the Douglas cash cow in their own milking yard! As for your reference to "Port Douglas crowd"- this is just the usual spleen-venting from those who don't realise - or don't want to accept - that Port Douglas is just a small, but arguably significant part of large Shire - bigger than all the divisions of Cairns put together. But I'm also glad to know that Gordonvale has "iconic values" too. We're simply trying to protect ours and get "on with life" as you suggest with our rates being spent in Douglas as opposed to subsidising everything in Cairns from lighting for a long-jump pit to the beautification of Shield Street for which I can only add - "lots of luck"!

KitchenSlut said...

My understanding from professional sources was that the old Douglas water supply was indeed a disaster waiting to happen!

On rates that is a vexed question where I have been lax on gettting together data demonstrating where low rise strata, which would include such as Port Douglas, has been the most massively disadvantaged sector!

That is a broad situation and a result of policy failure by Council for now almost a decade which has been addressed in locations such as Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Anonymous said...

Please de-amalgamate and Pearl can be your new Mayor !

Ed in Edge Hill said...

Another great story, HBW - I've been wondering when you would give us a look at the situation. Like many, I own a unit in Port that makes no money. Between the rates and the insurances the market for these units will be zero for years to come - especially if the lefties get back in control of the shire's finances. The residents of Port have been knee-jerk demanding their de-amalgamation that they all look surprised now that they actually were given the chance. But even the hard core group can't believe the numbers they're spinning, can they? It's unsustainable, and if rates start galloping up you can kiss any more development goodbye.

Jane said...


I am not sure. Your first line you call this stunt by LNP as populist. True enough but that is the main problem with large councils. CEP and Fluoride for eg. more and more responsibility and costs (Cleaner Seas) but no democratic structure like a strong press, an opposition, an upper house. No checks and balances. Populism hotbed.

Cleaner Seas and CEP for eg both have regional value so not fair the costs should be only be charged to Cairns ratepayers.

Perhaps the state government should be totally responsible for all major infrastructure projects and water supply. If so then I have no problem with lots of small councils, they can have shared service arrangements to increase productivity perhaps. Basic responsibility only though.


For me the question goes back to "are we replacing the state government with super sized councils?" and if we are then we need opposition, public sector experts etc, stronger local press and a massive reduction in size of state government.

I know nothing about BCC but note they do have an opposition. If Cairns council had stronger democratic structure then it may have been that Douglas shire felt better represented.

As it stands we have choice of small town populism versus big town populism and the very real prospect of re visiting this issue again in the very near future as it is not done well to start with.

Jethro said...

Bring back the State Government Insurance Office. Woops, that'll get the LNP into hysterics and frothing and foaming at the mouth. SGIO was a socialist State owned and controlled insurance company. Old Joh Bjelke Petersen, an avowed anti-socialist started dismantling it in 1979. The State Elections of 1974 and 1977 were fought along the lines of "fighting socialism". Queenslanders, lemming like, swallowed the KoolAid and went and voted against socialist enterprise and hey, before we could say Bob's your Uncle, we had CEOs strutting round with multi million dollar salaries, shareholders making a mint, and people bellyaching and whining about soaring insurance premiums. Ain't capitalism grand??
Still, Tony Abbott is going to abolish MediCare so we can see a repeat performance in the future when people will end up paying exoritant premiums for health insurance. Here we go again.

Anonymous said...

We're not out of the Cyclone Season yet, and the actions of the Newman Government provide proof they are not keen on spending money to re-build as the Bligh Government did. Instead, it looks set to become a bunfight between Newman and the Federal Government for sheer political reasons. So if a major blow hit Douglas Shire, are they capable of funding it on their own? Just something they need to think about in this political climate.

ruby said...

Like Jethro I cannot muster up any enthusiasm either for de-amalgamation. Wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to create say two new divisions within Cairns Regional Council and hold mini-elections for two extra Councillors to represent the old Douglas Shire? I whole heartedly agree that the former Shire is under represented on the CRC and I say this with no disrespect to Julia Leu who is a hard working and dedicated Councillor. Just my thoughts on it, for what they are worth.

Anonymous said...

Great article...

Port Douglas water
Reporter: Peter Lewis
First Published: 14/07/01
Here's a story about water purification and environment sustainability in one of the most sensitive regions in the country - the Douglas Shire in Far North Queensland - a place where the rainforest meets the reef and also a place which attracts huge amounts of tourists year after year. Agriculture, particularly cane growing, is still an integral part of the local economy, but increasingly it is tourism that's bringing in the big bucks.

Until now the shire has relied on drawing water straight out of a stream in the Daintree rainforest. As rustic and romantic as this sounds, the quality of the town supply is so dodgy, the hospitality trade openly warns holiday makers not to drink it.

The problem with rainforest runoff is that there's so much of it that it tends to pick up a bit of everything on its way to the Mossman River. It is not just an issue of turbidity; feral pigs, birds and other animals leave their mark too and the last thing you want visitors to leave with is cryptospridium and guiardia.

Council surveyed ratepayers and their resounding answer was they wanted clean and chemically free water.

Options for purifying the water included the use of chlorine, chloabonation, ozone, conventional treatment, and microfiltration. While microfiltration was the most expensive of the lot, it was also the most popular.

With the council aiming to achieve high standards on water treatment the US was consulted for ideas on filtration. The Douglas Shire Council has since joined forces with Koch (pronouned Coke) Membrane Systems, an American beverage giant that's partnered with a West Australian based company to win the contract.

With this partnership they hope to deliver the cleanest water in Australia using the micro and ultra filtration methods.

The Port Douglas Wastewater Treatment Plant is one of the most advanced plants in Queensland and has a number of features that have been developed to address the unique attributes of the region. The council has also managed growth in this sensitive environment in a manner that minimises the impact of water withdrawal from the environment and treated water discharge back to the environment.

With increased growth in the region; improved methods of water purification and the introduction of an environment levy seem to be logical solutions to concerns about ecological sustainability in Port Douglas.

Anonymous said...

WTF no Shanghia, please come back Rob R and i and China still love you even though we don't have a fucken clue what you say.

Anon No.4 said...

The best thing that could happen for the rest of the known universe is that they do tear themselves away from the bum of Cairns and elect knobs like Mike Berwick, Julia Leu, Michael Gabour and Jeff McCloy.

Anonymous said...

ruby, that's a sensible solution, but alas nobody listens to sensible solutions.

Anonymous said...

I have a few points that have not been fully discussed here.
1. FODS estimated the cost for the Douglas Shire to break away were betwwen $3.7million and $4.1 million.
2. The Minister for Local Government advised that Queensland Treasury Corporation had put the cost at over $8.1million.
3. The Queensland Boundaries Commissioner Recommendation says " In the Commissioners's view, the social and cultural issues raised by FODS do not outweigh the significant financial impost a de-amalgamation of DSC would have on the local community. The proposed DSC has been evaluated as unsustainable. A de-amalgamation would result in an unwarranted financial burden on ratepayers. In this case, a poll is not recommended."
4. The Minister for Local Government approved the referendum for the Shire despite the recommendation of the Boundaries Commissioner. Obviously, the Minister doesn't give a hoot about the rate payers in the DSC having to fork out an additional $701 each in the first year and $462+ every year thereafter. Every when the cost of de-amalgamation is fully paid back there would be no chance of the Rates being lowered.
5. If it was me there would be no way I would be voting YES. Why would I vote to increase my Rates? They are too bloody high now!!! Charlie.

hello said...

Off subject but heaps of units in port, was told by a 4ca fan, he likes the talk back great comedy.Anyway Entsch called from Russia or was called by Mckenzie after some small talk out it came (strata title insurance)he trots it out every time apparently,funny that.

Bob R. said...

Well said, Charlie. ruby's suggestion was the most sensible option for the former Douglas Shire. It gives them more representation on Cairns Regional Council, and is far less costly. But, regrettably, we don't live in sensible times. Manning, King, Trout, Cristafulli etc are all chasing populist options and to hell with the consequences. Interesting to read in todays "Cairns Post" that the government still won't say where the Boot Camp is being located. Could it still therefore be Wangetti?? I never cease to wonder at the arrogance of a government which doesn't give a shit about the public.

Anonymous said...

Bob R. can you remember the screaming, shrieking, hysterical fracas that the residents of BlueWater estate conducted when the State Government decided to build one single block of housing units for low paid tourist industry workers? The NIMBYS showed their ugly faces and all went after the Federal Member, Jim Turnour who had nothing to do with the decision. So what the hell do you think people would do if they found out a BOOT camp was right in their suburb? Yep the LNP know this, after all they were the ones who sooled on the ignoramuses at BlueWater onto Jim Turnour.

Anonymous said...

BlueWater would be an ideal spot for the Boot Camp I reckon.

Doug Lassietr said...

Dear Charlie,
Your post deserves a proper and detailed rebuttal which is actually too long for this site or the patience of this poster. However what you write is just the spin being put out by the government and amalgamationists. If you are so interested in the subject why not go along to one of the two public meetings being held in Mossman and Port Douglas on the 7th and 14th February where these mythical figures will be revealed for what they are. Constructing a NO case has been an easy and convenient way for the Government to scare people into believing de-amalgamation is not an option due to the perceived rate increases. (BTW - I always love that extra $1 dollar on the end of the $700!!!). Jeez it's that $1 that has me worried stiff! The fact is NO government wants ANY de-amalgamations which is one of the reasons they appointed Col Meng as the Boundaries Commissioner. A one-term mayor, "Mengie" had already publicly declared his bias. He didn't want to consider ANY - even Noosa, but was over-ridden by Crisafulli. This fight has been going on for five years and I think you will find that those who have been fighting it at the coal face for all that time are far more informed than those who have suddenly woken up to it and are running around like headless chooks screaming that the sky's falling in. (An old analogy I know but old is not always bad and bigger is not necessarily better). And just think!!...after Douglas regains it independence you can all go back to vilifying the place for all the things that riled you so in the past - from the louche, sun lounge latte-sippers, to the mad, mungbean munching greenies, the bling-laden chardonnay swiggers, foie gras eaters and all those other things
that peeved you so. A final reminder. This referendum is about the Douglas Shire, not just Port Douglas. All the best. Bon appetit! Doug.

Anonymous said...

HBW...have you appraised the Mareeba case for de-amalgamation with such enthusiasm, or is it just the residents of the former Douglas Shire who are to the target of your acrimonious ramblings?

Anonymous said...

Having a cyclone sweep in and knock out the old Port would probably finish off the bizzo of de-amalgamating. Come to think of it, a Yasi or Larry sized one would finish off any city with Newman as Premier. Don't suppose the FODs have taken Newman's drastic reduction in essential services into consideration.

Observer said...

Anonymous 16.15, I doubt that any of the people lobbying for de-amalgamation have taken into account the financial restraints of the Newman State Government. The situation is now that Newman is delegating and devolving more and more responsibilities onto Local Government while reducing the level of State funding. It is in effect a very different ballgame to when Bligh was Premier. Supporters of de-amalgamation need to ask if they can afford to do more and more with less and less funding.

Jane said...


Observer, Sort of getting to what I said. If the state government, be it LNP or ALP, are going to pass more responsibility to the councils then not only do we need bigger councils we need all the other checks and balances a liberal democracy demands. An opposition, expert Public service and a balanced press. So two newspapers ideally. I do not think councils can even receive Federal funds technically speaking as they are not recognised in the constitution.

So if LNP allow de-amalgamation then they should also promise to take charge of all regional projects. Especially those that require federal funding. Small councils rubbish and roads, gutters and gardening only.

jim-bob snr. said...

You have it in a nutshell there Observer. Do smaller Councils want to proceed in todays age of fiscal austerity where they will be expected to do more and more with less and less State funding? The LNP are proving they don't put their money where their mouth is.

shanghai said...

is that a photo of an taliban farmer using his family as human shieds so aussie diggers cant shoot him ???

Anonymous said...

No Shanghai, I think it is more like an alien moon lizard

Anonymous said...

Dear Doug
Normally, I don't bother with rebuttals but I need to let you know that I have no problem with anything in the past - be it the louche, sun lounge latte sippers or the mad mungbean munching greenies, the bling-laden chardonnay swiggers, the foie gras eaters, whatever. None of these types have peeved me at all. All of these people come to our unique area and spend money here. They provide jobs, use our infrastructure and keep our local economy rolling along. I love it!!
I hope the money comes to build the pool and freshen up the esplanade in Port.
My family were born in Port Douglas and Mossman and a lot of my relatives are buried in the pioneer cemetary in Port and in Mossman.
In a nut shell, I certainly won't be voting to increase my rate bill by $1 or $701 dollars. I am confident the old Douglas Shire can continue to grow and attract people to live/invest here. We don't need to de-amalmagate to achieve that. I am confident it will happen anyway. Charlie.

Bob R. said...

How much will it cost the Douglas Shire, if it de-amalgamates to provide mains power to all those properties without power north of the Daintree? I heard a Newman Government Minister talking on the Mackenzie show Monday about extending the electricity grid into the Daintree and "opening it all up". Didn't the old Douglas Shire ban development rights on a lot of these properties and help organise the "Buy Back Daintree?" It looks as if the Newman Government are going to overturn all of this and allow development. So this will come at a cost, a huge one, I dare say, to the newly de-amalgamated Douglas Shire Council. Something to think about surely?

jim-bob snr said...

Thats a good point there Bob R. If the Newman Government overturn the previous Douglas Shire Councils decision to ban development in Daintree, then how much will it all cost the Council? If the State Government is devolving more and more responsibilities to local government with less and less funds, won't the Douglas Shire immediately be up for huge costs? I dunno. I'm not a Councillor. Anyone care to answer? Of course if the de-amalgamation vote goes in the negative, then I imagine CRC will be up for the costs.

Anonymous said...

let them go and for christs sake take pearl with you. my memory of the previous douglas shire was one of total disarray with a council divided and continually fighting. problem is its not going to happen as people are not going to vote to raise their rates by the amounts mentioned. so we are stuck with them....and bloody pearl. still she will be busy fighting against the wangetti boot camp and macka will cut her off because she will turn on his beloved lnp.

Anonymous said...

...and what if a new Douglas Shire worked just like it did before amalgamation...i.e. for 105 years, when it ran the budget at a surplus, asset depreciation was fully funded, services were provided, the community's needs and aspirations were largely met, state and federal grants were accessed etc, etc. Something to think about surely?

Anonymous said...

Shanghia your Back, WTF did you say, was it you are a Taliban farmer and you want some Aussie's to dig to find your familys photos or you will shoot humans.

Anonymous said...

Pearl is very worried about the bootcamp ending up in Wangetti, despite King twice publicly stating that it would not go there. Wonder why ? Pearl the ultimate NIMBY and spoiler. Yes, cut them loose and Pearl with it please. She can then campaign against the Pt. Douglas lagoon and anything else that threatens her precious rates without involving us.

Jethro said...

Anonymous 11.39, yeah Douglas Shire hasn't experienced the Newman Government yet has it? Read the comments above where the LNP State Government are going to overturn the old Douglas Shire's decision to ban development in the Daintree. How much would that cost the Douglas Shire hey?? Newman hasnt made any secret that he intends to devolve more and more responsibilities onto Councils. It's a different ballgame mate, very different.

Doug Lassiter said...

Yes Observer - we will all have to do more and more with less and less that's for sure. But when Douglas rates are back being spent in Douglas rather than disappearing into the black hole that is Cairns $92 million debt, when our local contractors are again used for local work, when getting a lock changed on a Wharf door does not require a "feasibility study" (true!) from the CRC, when Douglas ratepayers no longer have to see their rates subsidise endless Cairns' interests from the Esplanade Lagoon, Tennis Centre, Edmonton Leisure Centre, Barlow Park upgrades, CBD upgrades,places like Sugar World and the future Cairns water supply, to name just a few!! de-amalgamation will deliver what the Douglas Shire did very successfully for over 105 years - sustain a great and diverse community of farmers, tourism operators, tradespeople, service providers, born ' breds and blow-ins, with real social values and a respect for its residents. We have absolutely no illusions about how difficult it will be to reverse what was a dog of a decision in the first place. Don't hand us the "bigger is better" furphie. As for dysfunctional councils!!! Hey I doubt if the last DSC could compete with one that managed to turn down $97.3 million in government funding for a performing arts centre. Talk about fiscal ineptitude!!!!! Breathtaking!!!! Some of us here voted LNP for the first time in our lives for the simple reason they were the party offering us the option of de-amalgamation. We would have voted for a cane toad if it had given us that option. You may say we did just that! Mmnnn half close your eyes and Campbell......no won't go there! Finally for those of us who don't live in Wangetti or listen to Cueball...who's Pearl?

Anonymous said...

Yeah Jethro...up here in Douglas we are so removed from the rest of the world that we have no idea who Newman is! Yes I did read the previous comments but chose not to respond because the Douglas Planning Scheme is a local government responsibility...we are in more danger of the current CRC using a previous plan to assess development as it is currently doing in Cairns, than a threat from the State govt.

Anonymous said...

Pearl is Karin Pollard. She loves to suck up to King, Manning and Cueball. She absolutely loathed Val Schier and her main concern was that Cairns would get the CEP. She is now worried about Pt. Douglas getting a lagoon and Wangetti getting a bootcamp. She passionately wants to remain with the CRC and seems to be more concerned about what happens in Cairns than what happens in her own backyard. She also regularly writes bizarre letters to the Compost. If Pt. Douglas de-amalgamates you'll never hear the end of it Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Funny how no-one mentions the lifting of the bans on development in the Daintree which would obsolete the old Douglas Planning Scheme. There isn't any doubt that some of those people there have the ear of the LNP Ministers so they will be putting the pressure on any newly formed Douglas Shire.

Doug Lassiter said...

Anonymous 06:26

Thanks for that! I knew pearls form through irritation, but the good news is - they can be dissolved in vinegar!

Anonymous said...

I think you'll need hydrochloric acid to dissolve this particular pearl...let's hope she'll get her bootcamp. That will keep her occupied for a while. She actually threatened to sue and bring downs this blog ages ago. Apparently she is well connected in legal circles. Well the blog is still here and pearl is still whinging at every opportunity. I think she is one of those women who hates other women, hence her problems with Schier and Bligh. She needs a strong man to look up to.

Doug Lassiter said...

" .......a strong man to look up to"????....... - you had me with you all the way until then, Anonymous 12.43, but I'm sure you speak in Jest. At least I hope so.

Anonymous said...

Rest assured Doug. I was being sarcastic. Alan Jones, Manning, King, Cueball, all "strong men" in pearl's deluded eyes.Like her heroes she feels threatened by intelligent, independent women.

Doug Lassiter said...

Anonymous 09: 28
No doubt she would have been salivating all over her coco pops this morning then, as Manning and a local Douglas nut job, excoriated the very intelligent, independent Div. 10 Councillor Julia Leu.

Anonymous said...

Of course, Julia is a woman after all.

Anonymous said...

McKenzie was discussing the itinerant "problem" with something and how Kevvie used to sort it out in the good ol' days and lo and behold, there was Kevvie on the phone all the way from PNG. What a coincidence. Kevvie sounded a bit confused; what did you want mer to talk about: bussing blackfellas back to their homeland or de-amalgamation. Well Kevvie thinks that Pt. Douglas should de-emalgamate, because according to him , it was the forced amalgamation that cost him his job as mayor. So there you go Pearl ! You and Kevive and a bootcamp. happy days !

Deborah Favier said...

You can't unscramble then egg, guys. Let's step forward with Cairns, not backwards into decay with Douglas, where we were before. For years, Douglas killed off opportunity for development and opportunity for growth in anything else but the tourism industry. Cairns has been trying to turn this around but as a consequence of Douglas policies, many of our youth (including ours) have to seek work elsewhere. A YES vote will come at a cost and those who wish to burden us with this are selfish. You might be able to afford it, Doug Lassiter but the average person can't. The governments are broke & they have no money to give us. QTC has said that money can't be borrowed so this blows FODS's asertion in the foot that the "borrowing"can be extended over a 10-15 year period. Wrong. They'll need the money in the first year and apparently they have to raise the revenue through rates. I'm tired of reading all the propaganda. Many of these people are supposedly green, more like watermelon green, as I have never seen so many glossy big brochures flooding such a small area.

Deborah Favier said...

What I intended to say about the very well funded FODS campaign, is that litte care has been given to the environment by this group that wished to trash it with so many leaflets dropped randomly around the district. Typical of the watermelon greens who fly the red flag. I live in the forgotten Daintree. Since we amalgamated with Cairns, the area north of the Daintree River gets some basic servicces for their rates: roads bitumened, range upgraded so that no longer "an accident waiting to happen"(much like our polluted water supply), nature strips are mown, a mayor who is approachable and encourages tourism in the area by visiting and listening & responding to people's needs. Doug Lassiter, your emails seem to be mostly about playing the man rather than the ball. We need facts, not emotion. Give us some facts and you might have some credibility. All of the modelings are based on estimates which are based on assumptions. The bottom line is that we will be paying more ..and probably considerably more than the government estimate. It's a known fact that government estimates usually blow out, like the Broadband Scheme for example. It's also fact that Mr Crisafulli has stated that a de-amalgamated council cannot borrow money. This effectively means that the new council won't be able to extend the debt over 10-15 years as claimed by FODS unless assets are sold. So is our soul to be sold by a de-amalgamated council? I hope not and I'll be voting NO to high rate costs as we, like most others, can't afford it. We don't need a return to pot-holed roads, rusty old pipes and no equity for the coastal areas northy of Daintree River. It's an elitist and socialist view to consider that rates should be concentrated in one area and let the rest of the region run down so that it will ultimately return to rainforest. Let's live in the present, not hanker for the "good old days" that never actually existed.

Doug Lassiter said...

Deborah Favier. Lower Daintree's answer to Pearl.