On the agenda | Council seeks Tourism and Development Officer

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With the major objective of supporting new investment to the Shire, driving and advocating for additional funding for economic projects, infrastructure and tourism, a Mayoral Minute will present these arguments to Council for their approval to appoint a Tourism and Development Economic Officer at Tuesday’s open session of Council.

The meeting will be live streamed on Council’s Facebook Page from 10:00am, Tuesday 26 May.

The Mayoral Minute reads as follows: “That Council: Notes the implementation of the Tourism and Economic Development Officer position within Council’s structure and express support for the process undertaken by the Chief Executive Officer in the recruitment of a Tourism and Economic Development Officer.

“The economy of the Douglas Shire faced strong headwinds before COVID-19. As part of the 2018/19 Operational Plan, Council conducted a review of the current economic strategy through the Economic Strategic Review Committee (ESRC). The ESRC was chaired by the former Mayor and included stakeholders from across the business community. Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD), the Chamber of Commerce, and Jabalbina were key members,” according to the Mayoral Minute.

“The Tourism and Economic Development Officer (TEDO) will play an integral role in shaping the local sector to better respond to tourism trends, working closely with Regional and Local Tourism Organisations to support them in targeted destination management and branding, leading strategic Council initiatives that will enhance job opportunities in the sector and supporting local businesses that depend either directly or indirectly on tourism.

“The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has commenced the process of recruiting for a TEDO which has seen a high calibre of applicants. It is envisioned the position will work within the Community and Economic Development Section and work closely with other departments to find innovative ways to support the economy.”

The Mayoral Minute points out that some have questioned whether the CEO has acted appropriately in recruiting for this role. The Mayor’s view is that the CEO is not only within his rights to recruit for this critical position and other positions that are deemed essential, but the move is essential and urgent. This motion seeks to support this initiative.

At the meeting it will be resolved to transfer $26,000 from the Fleet Renewal Program, $20,000 from the Diggers Pedestrian Bridge Project, $10,000 from Finlay Cresent Project and $44,000 from the Opal Street Lighting Project to the Warner Street Project to complete the construction of the Warner Street footpath. 

But there will be opposition to the appointment of a Tourism and Economic Development Officer and comes in the form of one of two notices of motion which will be presented by Councillor Abigail Noli.

The first is that “Council suspend immediately with the recruitment and employment for the position of a Tourism and Economic Development Officer until at least the formal acceptance of the 2020/2021 budget when financial implications of this position have been considered and calculated.”

In the motion, it is contended that “On 22 April at 7pm this job position was posted on Douglas Shire Council Facebook page. Before that time and since that posting, there has been no discussion with Councillors to seek their views about the validity, nor necessity for creating this position. In addition, there has been no financial discussions and the repercussions for the next budget.”

 The second is that “all correspondence to TPDD since Monday 13 April be provided to all Councillors; details of all meetings (including online meetings) between Council and TPDD since 13 April and meeting attendees be provided to all Councillors; the future contract arrangements between TPDD and Council become a public and community conversation.” 


DOUGLAS SHIRE COUNCIL ORDINARY MEETING

TUESDAY, 26 MAY 2020 10:00AM

Mayoral Minutes

Mayoral Minutes - Tourism and Economic Development Officer

Agenda

1. Development application for material change of use - medium impact industry (water bottling facility)
2. Expiring trustee permit for provision of Coast Guard services lot 51 on sp288958 Wharf St Port Douglas
3. Consideration of playground proposed at 49 Milman Drive, Craiglie
4. Water and wastewater quarterly report for period ending 31 March 2020
5. Warner Street footpath
6. Macrossan Street - state road designation
7. Capital works progress report for the 3rd quarter 2019 – 2020
8. COVID-19 waive charges for backflow registration and ferry for year ending June 2020
9. Various financial policies
10. Procurement policy 2020-21
11. Corporate credit card policy
12. 2020-2021 revenue general policy, debt general policy
13. Monthly financial report April 2020
14. Operational plan progress report for period January to March 2020
15. CEO report for period January to March 2020

Notices of motion

1. Tourism Port Douglas Daintree
2. Tourism and Economic Development Officer

See full agenda here.


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