Noli’s ‘alternative Notice of Motion’ challenges fellow councillor

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Howard Salkow

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Councillor Abigail Noli has advised that she will be presenting an ‘alternative Notice of Motion’ on Tuesday. Image Newsport
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Councillor Peter McKeown’s Notice of Motion outlining the negative effects that will result from the Queensland Government’s vaccination mandate from December 17, has already been challenged prior to Tuesday’s Open Session of Council in Mossman.

Fellow Councillor Abigail Noli today advised that she will be presenting an ‘alternative Notice of Motion’, which clearly articulates a different viewpoint to that of Clr McKeown.

In his Notice of Motion, Clr McKeown requests "that the CEO lobby Queensland Premier Palaszczuk and the Queensland Government to advise them of the negative effects the impending vaccine mandate will have on many small businesses, employers, employees, and our community as a whole."

Clr Noli said today that she would be presenting her arguments at the meeting as to why she made the following suggested alternative motion:

“That Council states:

  • Douglas Shire Council is committed, and obligated, to follow any health direction made by the Queensland Government under advice from the Chief Health Officer.
  • Douglas Shire Council notes and encourages Queensland Health’s recommendation that residents are to be vaccinated for their protection and that of their community.

“Council strongly encourages and actively participates in all appropriate actions for the safety of the community and urges all residents to seek advice from their healthcare professional to make their own informed decisions.

“The safety and well being of our community is our highest priority, and Council will continue to work with all agencies to navigate a workable path forward.

  • Write to the State Government to request that, when implementing the ‘Public Health and Social Measures Linked to Vaccination Status’, the State Government take all steps necessary to remove and mitigate the risks for businesses when it comes to compliance and the onus is not placed on the businesses.
  • Council desires to have no active role in the enforcement of these mandates.”

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Related:
https://www.newsport.com.au/2021/november/covid-19-splash-park-motions-dominate-agenda/
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This will be Clr Noli's second motion. Her earlier Notice of Motion requests complete transparency regarding a splash park.

All motions will be heard at Council's Open Session in Council Chambers on Tuesday November 30. 


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