Council to make submission to Aquaculture Regulation report
Douglas Shire Council will prepare a submission to the Queensland Competition Authority’s draft report on Aquaculture Regulation in Queensland.
The Queensland Government has requested the QCA produce a draft report which identifies opportunities for increase aquaculture productivity and reduces red tape.
Mayor Julia Leu said while Council was supportive of the draft report, Council wanted to ensure the final report addressed environmental and agricultural preservation in the Douglas Shire.
“Concern would be raised should the State seek to make certain aquaculture development exempt under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 or regulate solely via a State Code under the Sustainable Planning Regulation that does not adequately take into account Council’s unique environmental concerns,” Mayor Leu said.
“Provided the State maintains consultation with local government for the development of local codes and local aquaculture areas these considerations should be sufficient.
“There would also need to be regard to the impact of future areas identified for aquaculture that may impact on the extent of land under cane production and the subsequent productivity of the local agricultural industry.”
Council supports Development Application for new gym
Council has approved a Development Application for a new gym in the premises of the former Shire Hall, now located in Dickson St, Craiglie.
Once complete, the gym will provide disabled car parking and access while maintaining and providing for the re-use of the old Shire Hall building.
“The establishment of a gym as an additional recreational facility is a great outcome for local residents to use and enjoy,” Mayor Leu said.
Agreement secures Mossman Community Christmas in Park
An agreement between Council and the Douglas Shire Community Services Association has secured the Mossman Community Christmas in the Park for the next three years.
The agreement will see Council provide the DSCSA with $5000 cash and $2500 in-kind support for the next three years to ensure the popular community celebration goes ahead.
Douglas Shire to be well represented at LGAQ conference
The Douglas Shire will be well represented at the 2014 Annual Local Government Association of Queensland Conference in Mackay in August with the Mayor and all four Councillors keen to attend.
The LGAQ annual conference provides an opportunity for all Queensland councils to meet once a year to debate issues of importance to local communities. The conference is the largest yearly event for LGAQ and brings together Federal, State and local government as well as external stakeholders and media.
Douglas Shire Council is keen to send its full team to enable Councillors to learn from and make contacts with other Councils around Queensland.
Council seeks review of Animal Management Act
Douglas Shire Council will lodge a submission at the Local Government Association of Queensland annual conference calling on the State Government to review the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.
The purpose of the proposed review is to provide Local Government with effective powers to deal with and where appropriate dispose of dogs which present a potential risk to the community.
Mayor Julia Leu said the situation being experienced in Douglas has to date cost Council thousands of dollars in staff, sustenance and vet costs including weekend callouts when these have ben the only dogs in the pound.
“The Act applies on a State level but the jurisdiction of the Local Government is limited to their geographical area which causes difficulties when the dogs in a pound in one Shire while the owner lives in another Shire,” Mayor Leu said.
“There are significant costs of keeping dogs in the pound for extended periods including sustenance, vet fees and staff costs, particularly on the weekend and out of the usual Council operating hours.
“Local governments are unable to achieve the desired policy outcome in protecting the community when they cannot effectively deal with dangerous dogs.
“Local government should be able to effectively deal with high risk dogs and not be forced to continue to hold dogs in the pound for extensive periods where owners choose to ignore the declarations and orders issued, irrespective of whether a review process is underway.”