ON THE AGENDA | Domestic Violence Shelter for Douglas


Howard Salkow

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Douglas Shire, which has one of Queensland’s highest rates of reported domestic and family violence, will consider a proposal for a service providing safe accommodation and support services for women and their children escaping Domestic and Family Violence, at tomorrow’s open session of Council in Mossman.

This comes in light of the high proportion of at-risk populations, yet there is no crisis or supported accommodation service.

According to Council papers, Council has been working with Queensland Police Service and local community organisations to advocate for the establishment of a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) refuge in the region.

Council adopted a functional design brief in 2017 detailing the type of facility best suited to the needs of the region.

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“Recent State Government funding increases for specialist DFV services in Douglas Shire coupled with data from police and community organisations show that the need which compelled Council to become a strong advocate in pursuit of a supported accommodation service to assist victims and their children, has not abated.”

It will be proposed that the Domestic and Family Violence supported accommodation operational model proposal be used in conjunction with the Functional Design Brief to advocate for funding and service provision partnerships with State and Federal Governments for a DFV facility to be located in the Douglas Shire.

In November last year, the Shire took a strong stand when it held a march in Mossman to support Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women.

In January last year, Newsport reported figures that revealed an increase to domestic violence orders and breaches in Mossman during the 2016-17 financial year.

It came as Mayor Julia Leu continued to call on the State Government’s new cabinet to urgently address the need for a domestic violence shelter in the region.

It was revealed that 64 domestic violence applications were made in Mossman and 28 in Port Douglas during the 2015-16 financial year. These orders were contravened 78 times.

Also on the agenda, the Financial Report for the period ending 31 July 2019 will be tabled.

Key points include:

  • Operating revenue is ahead of budget by $418k
  • Operating expenditure is under budget by $801k
  • The operating Surplus is currently $11m compared to a budgeted Surplus of $9.8m.

It will be proposed that Council withdraw the resolution made on 28 June 2016 to relocate the rugby league playing field at Coronation Park.

According to Council papers, The Coronation Park rugby league field relocation was approved at an Ordinary Council meeting on 28 June 2016.

“The conditions of the resolution have not been completely met. Coronation Park is utilised by a number of clubs and not-for-profit organisations inclusive of the Mossman Sharks Rugby League Club.

“The number of users of the facility has grown since the field relocation was approved and Council has since allocated funding to masterplan Coronation Park. Moving the field could minimise future development options and could increase the risk to the community.”

Douglas Shire Council ordinary meeting
20 August 2019 10:00am
Table of contents

1. Material change of use development application for telecommunications facilities at Mossman Gorge
2. Coronation Park - field relocation 2019
3. Council grants program 2019-2020
4. Procurement policy exemption tender consideration
5. Domestic violence supported accommodation service organisational model
6. Capital works progress report for the 4th quarter 2018 - 2019
7. Water and wastewater quarterly report period ending 30 June 2019
8. Further lease to Port Douglas Tennis Club Inc., part of lot 18 on ptd20939, Davidson Street, Port Douglas
9. Application for temporary road closure over part of unnamed road adjoining lot 107 on sr844 Mossman Daintree Road, Miallo
10. Monthly financial report July 2019
11. Interim financial report for the period ended 30 June 2019
12. Operational plan progress report for April to June 2019

Closed session
Table of contents

1. Contractual matter s275 (e) local government regulation 2012 - safer communities CCTV project
2. Application for development lease over part of term lease 239913-lot 4 sp288958
3. Prejudicial matter s275 1 h local government regulation 2012 - Mossman Pool and Caravan Park 

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