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  • 11 Jan 2021 11:37 AM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    The Queensland Local Government Association (QLGRA) reported that the Queensland Labour Government rushed through a Bill allowing the “next in line” to serve out the term of a departed Mayor if a vacancy occurs within 12 months of the election,  effectively becoming a “mayor in waiting”.   The QLGRA  opposed this Bill saying that a By-election should occur, but the QLGRA recommendations were ignored.   However,  when the Rockhampton Mayor resigned, the State Government didn’t appear to like the “next in line” so did a back flip and introduced retrospect laws to prevent this from happening.   To read more click here https://www.qlgra.org.au/qlgra-insights-december

  • 11 Nov 2020 2:18 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    Douglas Shire Council CEO (Mark Stoermer) attended the October DSRA Committee meeting.   At the meeting Mark provided an update on the status of the review of the General Rate Category system.    Mark  advised that a consultant had been appointed to assist with the task and the Council’s objective was to have the review complete by the end of the financial year.  The Committee sought assurance that the DSRA (who have been the driver of this project), will be consulted and engaged with during the review process.  The Committee also sought assurance that a well over due Land Valuation review (not done for 4 years) will also be conducted. The DSRA had submitted a request for amendments to the Concealed Leak Policy and asked for an update on the status of this policy which is substandard compared to other Council policies of this kind.  Mark reported that the introduction of “Smart Metres” is expected to have a significant impact in this area by providing ratepayers with early notification to households when significant increases in water usage are detected.   While this is welcome news, the DSRA still has an expectation that the amendments put forward should be considered. 

    The status of the Shire’s economy was discussed,  Mark put forward that the economic sustainability of the Shire is dependent on population growth.  Mark reported that using the Ansoff Matrix model, Council has identified retirees and pre-retirees as a market the Shire should be aiming for.   However, Mark was quick to point out that growth is dependent on infrastructure, most importantly water and waste management infrastructure.  Council’s focus is to build this infrastructure as a matter of urgency.     The Committee requested an up-date on the status of the DSC  Economic Development Group.   The Committee reiterated it’s view that an Economic Development Group should be convened as a matter of urgency and include all key stakeholder groups in the Shire.

    An update on the status of  the “RV Friendly” Shire  was requested, Mark  advised that this was being taken forward  by the Economic Development Officers.   It was acknowledged that potential revenue to the Mossman area in particular, will be significant as a result of this initiative. 

     The Committee expressed their appreciation to Mark for his time and the information provided. 

  • 10 Nov 2020 12:42 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    A good turnout with robust and respectful debate made the DSRA hosted “Meet the Candidates" event a success.   Thanks to all who helped make the day a success. 

  • 10 Nov 2020 12:06 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)
    The results of the DSRA survey  indicates that there is a clear preference for a Bridge option (51% of respondents), with 27% selected the One Ferry Option (no change) and finally 22% for the Two Ferry Option.     A sample size of  5% - 10% is considered statically relevant and we received a 20% response rate so we are pleased that the result is considered statistically relevant.  It should be noted that there were 3 conditions applied regardless of option selected.
    • All options must have a toll system which will as a minimum cover costs
    • Funding of a bridge build is contingent on State and/or Federal  funding.
    • Traffic flow into the Daintree can be managed if needed i.e. a boom gate system
    The DSRA have provided the Douglas Shire Council with details of the results. 
  • 9 Oct 2020 8:29 AM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    Surprisingly Councillor Noli seems to believe that it is appropriate for Council staff  to report directly  to Councillors and not the CEO.   The Mayor strongly disagreed at the recent Douglas Shire Council meeting.   Click here to watch the full meeting https://douglas.qld.gov.au/council-meetings/council-meeting-live-stream/ .    To read the highlights from meeting click here .      https://douglas.qld.gov.au/douglas-news-bites-september-council-meeting-2/

  • 9 Oct 2020 8:22 AM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    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 communityliaison@douglas.qld.gov.au, your emailed comments will be just as valuable as completing the survey.

  • 7 Oct 2020 8:25 AM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    The Douglas Shire Ratepayers Association is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" event at Palmer's Golf Course on Sat 24th Oct,  2pm.   You will have the opportunity to get to know the candidates for Cook in the up coming State election in a relaxed environment.    After a brief introduction from each candidate, attendees can ask questions of the candidates to help you make your decision on election day.   We suggest you book a table and come early for lunch.   We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 23 Sep 2020 1:30 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    The Douglas Shire Council has implemented a comprehensive and genuine community consultation plan.   Refreshing to see.  The Daintree River Crossing Options Assessment  Report  provides an easy to read and balanced analysis,  click here to read the report https://douglas.qld.gov.au/download/Daintree-River-Crossing-Options-Assessment-Report.FINAL_.pdf .   Now is the time when  ALL ratepayers  can have a say, by completing the short survey on the DSC website (click here http://douglassurvey.com/ ).   The survey closes on the 26th October,  don’t miss out.   You can also register to attend one of the community consultation events (click here https://douglas.qld.gov.au/daintree-ferry-contract-renewal-2021/ ), places are limited so get in early.    The decision made by Council will directly  impact ratepayers financially, have your say!

  • 23 Sep 2020 1:17 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    The Council’s Peter Tonkes (Manager Water & Waste Water) met with the Douglas Shire Landscape Industry Group recently and presented a comprehensive Water Conservation & Demand Management Report.   The DSRA were represented by Committee members John Sullivan and Russell Joshua who were encouraged by the Council’s  plans  to secure and manage water resources for the Shire with a proposed 1 GL increase in water storage during the dry season.    Now is the time for Council to lobby Federal Government for Drought Water Security Funding and tap into the considerable underspend in grant funding available for this purpose.   For a copy of the report click here  Water Conservation Demand Management Report.pdf   

  • 23 Sep 2020 1:13 PM | Sylvia (Administrator)

    At the September meeting the Committee welcomed two new Committee members Russell Joshua and Terry Maloney both bring valued experience and knowledge to the Committee.

    A DSRA member addressed the committee meeting seeking support from the DSRA to lobby Council  to provide rate relief for those on JobKeeper not only those on CentreLink payments.  The Committee agreed to contact Council on this matter.  The push for the Shire to become RV Friendly  was discussed and Committee member Terry Maloney reported that negotiations are progressing with Caravan & Motorhome Club of Australia Board members visiting the Shire and having positive meetings with Council.   The “right to vote” campaign continues with contact made with State & Federal politicians to draw attention to the issue in this Shire.  An update on the General Rate Review was provided.  Council have not made much progress to-date.  A review of Land Valuations is long overdue  (not done for over 4yrs) and DSRA are seeking assurance that this will be conducted this financial year.   DSRA continues to lobby council on amendments to the Concealed Leak Policy and Water Customer Service Standards.    The Committee moved to accept  DSC CEO Mark Stoermer’s  offer to attend DSRA Committee meetings, seen as a positive step forward to improve engagement with Council.   If you would like  further details on any of the matters raised in the meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email (info@douglasratepayers.org.au).


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