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Rani Simons, Port Douglas, 21-09-13 11:30:
Dear Editor. Did I really read in the Gazette that the roundabout at the Port Douglas turnoff is to be a concrete island. Are we Detroit in the US or Port Douglas, slice of paradise? Please address!
Michael Ochs, Moruya, NSW, 12-09-13 17:36:
Just responding to Deb Favier's letter. Deb, unfortunately, due to the Queensland Local Government Act, and the Local Government Electoral Act, I am unable to stand for Council. I am not a resident of the electorate, and therefore ineligible.
It strikes me as being a bit on the nose when some-one of the ilk of Julian Assange, who is a resident of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, can stand for parliament. Or the ALP candidate for the NSW seat of Bennelong, A Mr Li I believe, who was a resident of Beijing (China) when nominated and who promised to move into the electorate upon being elected (he wasn't by the way, so I suppose he'll be back to Beijing). But I, despite being a rate-payer, as a non-resident, can't stand for a local government election!
I would submit that I have somewhat more of an interest in the area than those two examples!
Kerry Larsen, Port Douglas, 12-09-13 16:51:
On investigating your concerns re: house on the hill, we have contact Cairns Regional Council today to seek clarification on the building development approval given to this site just below Port Douglas Lookout.
They have confirmed that the site has been approved for a single story development and that a planner had checked the site last week and reported all looked above board.
However, if you have any further concerns about this or any other development, please contact Council directly so your enquiry can be actioned. Regards Kerry, Interim Editor
The Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas, 12-09-13 16:34:
Ref Kim's letter to the Editor dated 12/9/13, the management of Wildlife Habitat would like to apologise for the negative experience had during the recent visit to the park. Since being made aware of the issue the bird has been removed from the exhibit in order to ensure the safety of both guests and animals. With regard to the staff members attitude, management will be investigating this further as Wildlife Habitat prides itself on its customer service and would like to ensure all guests have a positive and memorable visit. We would like to invite you to contact the General Manager if you would like to discuss this matter further.
The unusual behaviour of the Curlew can only be put down to the onset of breeding and the establishment of pairing or lack there of as the case may be.
On a more positive note there are many animals that are feeling “spring is in the air” and are happily displaying breeding behaviours and raising young in all areas of the park.
Warren Entsch MP, Leichhardt, 12-09-13 11:54:
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to those who put their faith in me in the September 7 Federal Election.
As the re-elected Member for Leichhardt, I am excited to represent this region in a Coalition Government. I look forward to being an ‘enabler’ when it comes to implementing some of the very positive initiatives and projects that have been developed here over the last three years.
I promise you that I will continue to celebrate the successes of our region, highlight the challenges we face, identify viable and workable solutions, encourage investment, and be a strong and passionate advocate for those groups and individuals who need my support.
Your assistance will help me deliver more for the Far North and enable the Coalition to restore hope, reward and opportunity for all Australians.
If you have any local issues you feel need attention, please contact me on 07 4051 2220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again Leichhardt, I won’t let you down.
Warren Entsch MP
Federal Member for Leichhardt
kim rasmussen, mossman, 12-09-13 10:27:
Last week my daughter who was visiting from Mt Isa took her 2 daughters to the Wildlife Habitat for a visit. My daughter was stalked and attacked and actually bitten by a curlew. When it was reported no compassion was given.Just a "You are the second or third person today to be bitten by that bird" Not good enough.They will not recommend the place to others and such the tourism dollar is lost because of rude and uncaring staff.
Leona Brown, Port Douglas, 10-09-13 20:23:
Please explain to me what the go is with the house on the hill! I was under the impression that Cairns Council gave a permit for this house to be built with the provision that it would not block out any of the beautiful views of Four Mile Beach. Well I was up there at the lookout today showing International tourists our lovely beach to be horrified to see that what I thought was going to be the roof of the house was concrete with pipes showing through, obviously this is going to be a floor and already part of the beach view has gone. I am still at a loss as to why Cairns Council were not approached years ago to buy this block for all to be able to enjoy this iconic view.
Have the Council been monitoring this in accordance with the permit?
Michael Ochs, the election date hasn't been set yet, but the local Gazette has already started featuring candidates who intend to run. The councillors of past years didn't attend all of the scheduled meetings.
Rhona Eastment, Cooya Beach, 06-09-13 15:56:
Dirty Tricks? Corflutes around Douglas have 'gone missing". Guess which ones. I still see Warren Entsch's face around the district.