Leu has assembled a terrific team of professionals to run this Council, led by former CRC employee Linda Cardew. They were charged with enormous tasks - getting the Douglas Shire serviced from a dead start, finding skilled professionals to fill the various positions, and prepare both a January 1 budget as well as a July 1 2014 budget.
The task was made somewhat easier by changes in the Local Government Act that allowed the mayors in de-amalgamated councils to develop these two first budgets without the usual council consultative process. These were "Mayor's Budgets", and in Douglas, they were the product primarily of Mayor Leu, City Manager Cardew, and and handful of top managers.
While Leu in fact did consult with all the elected councilors,
their participation was extremely limited - it was her challenge, and she got on with it.
And apparently the results have been stunning - with nary a negative comment by anyone in the community. Even downtrodden misogynist Karin "pearl necklace" Pollard has been mum on the issue.
So it wasn't much of a mystery that John MacKenzie decided to find out about this budgetary magic. Did he call to interview and congratulate Mayor Leu? Nope. How about the city manager? No again. He in fact instructed his chief
And Melchert, who was responsible for Port's "water poisoning" experiments that were hurriedly undone when Cairns took over the shire, dutifully spoke on the phone with Macca, as the good lapdog he has proven to be over the years.
And Melchert did his part well - you'd never of even know that another person, A WOMAN, was mayor of this town!
Women bring out the worst in MacKenzie. It was Macca who, on day one after his mate Kevin Byrne's stunning upset by Val Schier, began a campaign of venom and vile hatred of over four years that was sickening to abide. And his private comments upchucked in restaurants around the city were even more sick and sickening.
Junelle, who has participated in this dirty business for so long, coincidently quit her job without notice the same day.