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  • 27 Apr 2020 2:00 PM | can (Administrator)

    On Dec 3rd 2019 the previous Council held a Closed meeting, on the premise that a contract was being discussed i.e. Contractual Matter S275 1 E Local Government Regulation 2012 - 2019-084 Daintree River Ferry Contract 2021. In fact, it appears that the primary purpose of the Closed Meeting was to make a decision on whether to have a bridge, two ferries or stay with one ferry. At that meeting it appears that a decision was made to proceed with the two-ferry option despite very little if any full disclosure of the facts in regard to cost/ benefit analysis or meaningful community consultation. The CEO (Mark Stoermer) was instructed to undertake contract negotiations for the two ferry option.

    The Council went into “caretaker mode” before contract negotiations could be finalised. The new Mayor (Michael Kerr) is now seeking to give us a chance to have a say on this important decision by proposing that Council:-

    Temporarily suspend contract negotiations for contract 2019 – 084 Daintree Ferry Contract 2021 while it:

    1. Explores the option of a bridge crossing at various locations and the possible economic benefits to the region;
    2. Conducts further community consultation including the bridge option and details of the costs of the two ferry solution provided for in the currently negotiated contract; and
    3. Brings the results of the community consultation back to an Ordinary Council Meeting (not a Closed Council meeting).

    We welcome the opportunity to have a say on this important decision for Douglas Shire.

    To read the Mayoral Minutes for more details, click on the link below

  • 9 Apr 2020 4:16 PM | can (Administrator)

    The DSRA is offering our member small business owners the opportunity to promote their business on our website. We want to support our small businesses who are doing it tough by offering the opportunity to promote their products and services on our website. We encourage all members to support our local businesses through these challenging times.

    Members who wish to be involved please send an email to .

  • 27 Mar 2020 10:11 AM | can (Administrator)

    DSRA President Sylvia Healy, talks to FabFMs Paul Makin on rates, the Douglas Shire Economy and DSRA's plans after the election

  • 23 Mar 2020 2:08 PM | can (Administrator)
  • 17 Mar 2020 11:37 AM | can (Administrator)

    The ECQ has determined that, based on current advice available, the elections should proceed.

  • 17 Mar 2020 10:54 AM | can (Administrator)

    Early voting is now available until Friday, 27 March 2020. To find your nearest early voting centre and check voting times, search for your address on Find your polling booth

  • 15 Mar 2020 9:43 AM | can (Administrator)

    Former Candidate Bruce Clarke told FAB FM on Saturday evening that he is back in the race. Last week Bruce explained to the Shire that due to ill health he had to pull the plug on his campaign. But with a clean bill of health from his doctor and being told he CANNOT pull out has put him back on the campaign trail. Bruce explains the turnabout to FAB FM's Paul Makin and how he wants to proceed towards March 28th.

  • 13 Mar 2020 9:33 AM | can (Administrator)

    With just under three weeks until the Douglas Shire heads to the polls the mayoral and councillor candidates had the opportunity to present themselves to the community. Over 140 people packed into the Mossman Bowls Club on Saturday to meet the candidates, hosted by the Douglas Shire Ratepayers' Association (DSRA).

  • 12 Mar 2020 1:32 PM | can (Administrator)

    It's an election bombshell. Bruce Clarke, one of the high profile candidates in this months Local Government elections, has pulled the plug on his campaign. He explains the reasons why he had to do it to FAB FM's Paul Makin. The passionate Mossman local reckons it's one of the hardest decisions he's ever made.

  • 9 Mar 2020 10:51 AM | can (Administrator)

    Newsport Live Stream for those of you who missed the event or would like to watch it again or send to a friend.

    FabFm were also there on the day to record this podcast for their listeners and our members.

    Our first public forum was a resounding success where the candidates presented to a full house with standing room only. It was unfortunate and disappointing that Cr Noli chose to respond in writing  Cr Zammataro ignored our invitation and Bruce Clarke was taken ill. However it was nice to see both the candidates and the audience being respectful of each other, and hopefully the event will help you the voter make an informed decision on election day.

    We have received very positive feedback from both the candidates and the residents with requests for more public forums in the future. This is something we look forward to doing with the support of our members and the future council.

    A big thank you to all who supported DSRA by attending the event and to Newsport and Fab FM who live streamed and recorded the event for those of you who could attend.

    Election 2020 is the one stop shop for the latest information on the election and the nine candidates vying for the five positions. Listen to podcasts, read news articles and find the links to the candidates websites and Facebook pages. Keep an eye on this page, as it is updated as and when we receive information from the candidates and the media.

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