Local business owner Lisa Scomazzon councillor candidate
The list of candidates vying for a spot as a Douglas Shire councillor continues to grow with small business owner Lisa Scomazzon the latest to throw her hat in the ring.
The Local Government election is on March 28, 2020 and the cut-off date for candidates is 12pm on March 3, 2020.
Ms Scomazzon, owner of Newell Beach Takeaway, joins current Councillor Roy Zammataro, former Councillor Bruce Clarke, Tin Shed general manager Kym Rowley, who have all committed to run. Of the other current councillors, Abigail Noli is expected to seek re-election, while David Carey has not indicated either way.
Campaigning on a platform of: “Together Moving Forward. Let’s Move This Shire Forward”, Ms Scomazzon told Newsport that in speaking to ratepayers within the shire, there is a strong feeling that our council has lost its way or has been distracted from the basic requirements of roads, rates, rubbish, water, sewage and parks.
“It’s now time for a change. The shire’s future prosperity will depend upon water catchment and security, and it’s completely obvious that we can’t build or expand without it.
“To generate change, the new council must provide open and transparent communication and consultation to the whole community. There must be open door consultation before any big-ticket ideas or purchases,” she said.
Ms Scomazzon said she fully supported all the residents in the northern part of the shire with any initiatives that reduce the use of fossil fuels, to insure a greener and cleaner solution to their power options.
“Our shire has many beautiful places that have been overlooked. We need to show our beautiful hidden beaches in a more inviting way by improving our parks and entrances and picnic grounds.
“We need to encourage tourists to see our whole shire by being creative in and around Mossman, with new designs in street landscaping and beautification and include our shire history,” she said.
She said the Daintree gateway needs more attention to improve tourists’ experience and to bring it up to international standards.
“It is time to un-divide this shire. The path forward is to work together for the future of the whole community and make Douglas a better place for all,” she said.
Born, raised and educated in Mossman, she has over the past 26 years forged a successful career with the Queensland Government where she gained numerous skills and competencies which she would bring to the future council.
“Throughout my career I have developed various communication and management skills and have experience in the following fields: managing budgets, staff management, drafting policies and legislation and managing service contracts.”
A strong believer in community spirit, Ms Scomazzon has assisted many local charities and worthwhile causes including Paws and Claws with the recycling of containers; sausage sizzles for CWA drought appeal and the wonderful Children’s Watato Choir from Uganda when they visited the shire.
“We have also assisted our local indigenous HACC elders when they’ve come to lunch at Newell Beach.
“And during the recent floods, we assisted stranded tourists by providing refuge and rallied our local community to provide shelter for over sixty visitors to our shire,” she said.
In calling for change and that she would be honoured to be elected as a councillor in the forthcoming election – to bring new ideas and ambitions to the table – she said she is not a member of any group or closed association, and will never be.
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