Entsch welcomes new mayor’s fresh approach


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Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr. Image: Karlie Brady.
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Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch expects a strong working relationship with the Douglas Shire Council to continue after meeting with Mayor Michael Kerr last week, for the first time in person since the March election to discuss COVID-19 recovery plans for the region.

Mr Entsch welcomed Mayor Kerr saying he has hit the ground running.

“I think he has a good solid council around him now, and I am looking forward to working with them and making sure we get the best possible outcomes for this region,” he said.

“I have always been a very strong supporter and admirer of the work and courage Michael showed as a councillor and his capacity to be able to support a community even in times of adversity.

“I am 100 per cent behind him.”

Mayor Kerr said working with different levels of government was important for the Shire.

“It’s really important, especially now as we go into COVID recovery, that we’ve got the full support from both Federal and State as well as the tourism body to ensure we are all working together to get the best results for the region,” he said.

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Mayor Kerr said the Shire will benefit from a number of federally supported projects.

“Warren [Entsch] and I are already in discussions with Great Barrier Reef Legacy to do the Coral Bank and there are quite a few other projects we have talked about for the future,” he said.

The Federal government has also recently granted $274,337 to the Shire to boost road and community projects, $478,700 for upgrades to the Mossman Showgrounds, and $110,000 for a recycled plastics white picket fence at the Port Douglas Sporting Complex.

Mr Entsch said other federally funded future projects include the Daintree Micro Grid and the Mossman Botanic Gardens, as well as previous money already allocated to the Mossman bio precinct.

“The Micro Grid will be another first for the region. A first in Australia. A solar enabled, hydrogen-powered microgrid for the north of the Daintree community,” Mr Entsch said.

“One of the first decisions that the council made when Michael took over was totally supporting and endorsing the project, so I am looking forward to that once that business case is complete in July, and we start looking at the components to completing it and getting funding. I look forward to working with Council as partners.”

Mayor Kerr agreed with the importance of the project saying it will be a first and will put us on the map.

“It will bring international science to the region to look at it because it is state of the art, it's new, this is stuff they will be able to take back around the world and use in other places,” Mayor Kerr said.

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