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  • 24 Nov 2021 8:52 AM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    Councillor Peter McKeown is working to ensure the Shire taps into the economic benefits linked to the RV market.  But, Council jumping into buying land for an RV Park may be too soon or not necessary at all.  Here are some alternative actions that perhaps could be looked at in the first instance:-

    1) The well funded TPDD, and 2 DSC Tourism & Economic Development positions, could spend some of their time turning around the apparent (arguably unfounded) perception that the Douglas Shire is not RV Friendly, with a targeted marketing plan. 

    2)  The DSC manage a register of all RV vacancies in our existing Caravan Parks and place the register on the DSC website and other key RV Tourism websites.

    3) The DSC call for expressions of interest from land owners in the Shire who may be interested in running an RV "homestay" business and assist them in their endeavours…”supporting small business” .

    There is no evidence to show at this time that there is a shortage of RV parking areas in the Shire. However if / when there is,  perhaps then other steps could be looked at. 

    What do you think? Councillor McKeown is taking a lead on this, let him know your ideas (E: Peter.McKeown@douglas.qld.gov.au).


  • 16 Nov 2021 6:05 AM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    Council has just advised that they agree with the DSRA (and most of the community and visitors to the area), that Rex Smeal Park needs irrigation!  Council will now proceed to determine the best irrigation options for both Rex Smeal Park and Market Park.    The infrastructure costs  will be to some extent mitigated by no longer needing to bring in watering trucks every weekend to hose down the dust  prior to the Sunday Markets.   A bit slow in coming but welcome news….thank you Douglas Shire Council!


  • 20 Sep 2021 5:11 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    Council conducted a survey to gauge community support for the creation of an RV Friendly parking area, but did they inform the community of the possible cost? The original proposal was to utilise existing Council infrastructure, requiring minimal modification i.e. the Mossman Show Grounds or land adjacent to the Newell Beach Golf Course, not spend unbudgeted funds to buy more Council land.  No decision has been made yet but if we are all being told to tighten our belts is it unreasonable to expect that Council do the same? What do you think?

  • 12 Aug 2021 5:48 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    The Council has release plans for a “green ant” themed playground under the old fig tree in Rex Smeal Park.  Community consultation closes on the 27th August,  have your say by sending an email to gaye.scott@douglas.qld.gov.au.  To see the concept plan click on the following link  https://douglas.qld.gov.au/green-ant-adventure-playground-concept-released-for-consultation/.   


  • 14 Jul 2021 11:57 AM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    The DSRA has since it’s inception lobbied council to undertake a review of the General Rates Category system.   There were major inequities in the system, particularly in what was Category 8 – apartments and units.   A big tick to Council for doing the review BUT there has been NO CONSULTATION on what is arguably one of the most important issues for ratepayers particularly when rates have increased AGAIN by 2.8%  (CPI 1.1%).   An example of anything but “consultation and transparency”,  two words we hear Councillors  continually voice their commitment to but we certainly haven’t seen on this important issue.    Did they get it right?  Let us know your thoughts.

  • 24 Jun 2021 7:32 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    The DSRA will be holding it's Annual General Meeting at 4pm, 15th July 2021 at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Club.  For a copy of the Agenda click here DSRA 2021 AGM Agenda.pdf   Updates to the Constitution are proposed.  To view the proposed amended Constitution, go to "About Us / Constitution".   If you would like to nominate for a position on the Committee please complete the nomination form (click here) DSRA Committee Nomination Form.pdf and email to secretary.DSRA1@gmail.com by the Thursday 8th July 2021.    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 3 May 2021 10:14 AM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    It is no secret that the Douglas Shire is in dire need of major infrastructure development in the area of water and waste management, not just to keep up with current demands, but future requirements.   This will place a huge cost burden on current ratepayers if not appropriately managed by Council.  At the Ordinary Council meeting held on the 30th March,  Councillors unanimously voted in favour of a Debt General Policy which stated  “At this stage, Council’s 10-year financial forecast does not include any planned borrowings…”.  How then is this Council going to ensure that there is an equitable distribution of the cost burden for infrastructure development? Today’s ratepayers should not bare the full burden of cost for assets that future ratepayers will benefit from.   Queensland Treasury Corporation offers a rolling debt fund for this very purpose and to ensure Councils keep infrastructure up to date without unrealistic pressure on ratepayers. 

    In the lead up to the Council election, the previous Council proudly reported the very low  debt rate in Council.  The cost of this has been persistent and disproportionate increases in rates and charges in this Shire.   The current Council seems to be taking the same approach.  

    Will ratepayers be facing more unnecessary rates and charges increases in the Shire?  We will watch with interest.

  • 3 May 2021 10:11 AM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    Many believe that the beautiful Rosewood trees on Warner Street died because the tree roots were destroyed when Council conducted their “targeted operational work”, not the result of poisoning.   We look forward to seeing the detailed report from the independent arborist.  Council have now decided to reconsider the removal of the trees as signs of life have now been shown.

  • 20 Apr 2021 3:36 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    At the last Douglas Shire Council meeting Councillors voted to rescind part of a previous unanimous decision by Councillors to give the owner of Lot 2 (adjacent to the esplanade in Port Douglas), approval to apply to the State government for a permanent closure of the road reserve (esplanade) for development purposes.   Click here to see the development application https://douglas.qld.gov.au/development-applications/ which was on the Council website in December but seemed to have been overlooked by some Councillors.

    During the meeting The Deputy Mayor Lisa Scomazzon expressed her concern about a lack of information being provided at the previous Council meeting.   Councillors Noli, Zammataro and Deputy Mayor Lisa Scomazzon voted to reverse the previous decision. 

    To here the live stream of the Council meeting click here: https://douglas.qld.gov.au/council-meetings/council-meeting-live-stream/     

    Lisa Scomazzon and Michael Kerr discuss their points of view on the matter in a POD cast with FabFM’s Paul Makin.  Click here https://fabfm.podbean.com/e/a-paul-makin-editorial-tryingto-get-thebottom-ofclaims-that-dsc-councillors-are-not-gettingall-the-informationbefore-votingdepmayorlisascomazzonmayor/

  • 10 Apr 2021 4:08 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    Is Council considering removing coconut palms from our beach foreshore or reducing access points to our beaches?  The Douglas Shire Council is developing Foreshore Management Plans for Wonga Beach, Newell Beach, Cooya Beach, Four Mile Beach and Oak Beach which will determine how our beaches are managed.  The Council is currently running a survey as part of a community consultation process.  Some questions in the survey may give us clues about the direction being considered i.e. coconut palms are listed with lantana and singapore daisy as  “invasive” species  that should be removed.  Another survey question asks  “do you support minimising the number of access paths to the beach…?” and “should informal private access paths be removed?”  Make sure you have your say and carefully consider how you respond.  Go to the following link to complete the survey  Douglas Foreshore Community Survey (surveymonkey.com).  Remember you need to complete a survey for each beach.

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