There seems confusion by some in the community about the difference between a poll, referendum and a survey. There is a misguided view that if the majority of respondents to the Council’s survey (no matter who they are), vote in favour of either the Bridge or Ferry, Council will be bound by that result. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Council’s very simplistic survey is one of a number of community consultation processes. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of Council members to make a decision in consideration of all the information at their disposal. Ratepayers, whether residing in the Shire or not, are a key stakeholder. The survey inexplicably separated residential from non-residential ratepayers. The decision made by Council could have a significant impact on ALL ratepayers in the event of any rate increases. It is a reasonable expectation that when all data is collated, the report to council should include a summary of the views of ALL ratepayers. Make your views known, complete the survey ( https://douglassurvey.com/ ) and send your comments in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, your emailed comments will be just as valuable as completing the survey.