Representatives of FODS had a successful meeting yesterday with the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. David Crisafulli. The Minister did not dispute that a new Douglas could be viable, and, in fact, re-iterated that we had been given the opportunity to vote on the issue because he believed we could be viable. He also reiterated that the QTC modelling did not automatically mean a massive rate increase to rate payers as every council can cut it’s cloth to suit, a message that FODS has conveyed all along.
There were also discussions in relation to the de-amalgamtion process should the vote be positive. An independent interim “CEO” would be appointed by the minister to oversee the transition process with elections being held in November this year and a new Douglas Shire Council to commence governing from January 2014. The first Council term would be for a two year period only to bring Douglas back into line with the normal local government elections cycle, i.e. 2016.
The Minister also assured us that should the vote to de-amalgamate be positive that he will give his unqualified support and would make every endeavour to guarantee that a new Douglas Council would work.
We have had a great response to the call for volunteers both before and on polling day but we still want to have as many people as possible to be able to help…so if you can offer any time at all either for pre-polling or on the day of the vote please let us know.
Finally, we still have a few weeks of ads to pay for and some other costs to attend to so, once again…please, if you can help us with a donation, however small, please contribute to our fighting fund!
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