Kerr’s energy after 120 days clearly evident
When he looks back at the past 120 days in office, Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr has every reason to believe he has added much-needed energy to the shire thanks to many dedicated people.
“Perhaps our greatest achievement is the confidence we have given the Douglas community, who know they have a determined team of Councillors rolling up their sleeves and getting on with the job,” said Mayor Kerr.
He said the impact of COVID-19 hasn’t swayed a determination to get work done.
“In the first 120 days in office, Council has taken big steps towards developing a clearer economic plan, more transparent community engagement and setting up a brighter future for Douglas.
“Council has addressed many pain points in the community by taking a common sense approach to decision-making and started to steer Douglas towards a new era of prosperity.
“I kept my election promise to restrict the general rate rise to a CPI increase, while investing in critical infrastructure and getting on with the job that ratepayers expect us to do in the 20/21 Annual Budget,” he said.
He also alluded to a fresh approach to economic development to finishing a footpath on Warner Street, adding plenty was achieved and Council is just getting started.
He lists a number of highlights during his 120 days:
- The COVID relief package for businesses, including the Buy Douglas: Build Douglas campaign
- Sale of Lot 83 to conservation groups
- Supporting the Daintree Micro grid
- Meeting key politicians across all levels of government
- Bringing a transparency to the Daintree River Crossing discussion through honest consultation
- Investigating the possibility of a safe swimming place for Port Douglas
- Exploring alternative revenue streams such as the acquisition of the Mossman Golf Club
- The employment of two Economic Development Officers
- An operational plan full of incentives to build Douglas out of COVID-19.
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