At the July meeting the Committee discussed concerns regarding the shortfalls in the new DSC Concealed Leak Policy and the lack of consultation by council particularly as the DSRA had asked to be involved as this policy directly effects ratepayers. It was agreed DSRA would continue to lobby for changes to the policy in step with other comparable Council policies.
The President reported that Councillors and the Mayor were approached for a meeting to open direct lines of communication. All except Councillor Roy Zammataro responded. Productive meetings were held with Michael Kerr, Lisa Scomazzon and Peter McKeown. Abigail Noli gave an undertaking to meet at a later date (still to be confirmed).
The “right to vote” Campaign continues with a campaign strategy being developed by the Sub-committee in association with the QLGRA.
The DSRA was approached by Douglas Shire stall holders from the Port Douglas markets seeking our support to assist them in having the rule to only allow alternate weekends for Douglas Shire businesses over turned. DSRA strongly lobbied Council and the ruling has now been changed. No response has been received from council to the request for effected stall holders to receive compensation in the form of 4 weeks waiver of fees for lost income.
A review of General Rates is now in the Operational Plan. A meeting was scheduled with Council to discuss key areas of concern in the current system and the consultation process moving forward.
The date for the AGM will be set at the next meeting pending Covid 19 restrictions.
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