A FORMER academic who heads up the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) is the new independent chair of Douglas Shire Council’s audit committee.

Councillors today endorsed the appointment of Dr Martin Fahy to the position for the next four years, in a move to increase transparency and accountability at the organisation.

Dr Fahy has held several high-profile roles, including his current position as ASFA CEO, and provided  analysis for media outlets such as The Economist, BBC World, Sky Business, CNBC, Bloomberg, and the Australian Financial Review.

He is currently living in Port Douglas.

Council Chief Executive Officer Mark Stoermer said the new committee would help the organisation continue its trend of increased transparency and accountability.

“We are incredibly lucky to have someone of Dr Fahy’s calibre to oversee and make recommendations for our organisation over the next four years,” he said.

“The committee will provide constructive feedback to improve Council’s service to residents and ratepayers.”

The Audit Committee will meet quarterly and present findings directly to Council, particularly when issues are identified that could present a material risk or threat to Council.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr, Chartered Account Drong Vue and Deputy Mayor Lisa Scomazzon will also sit on the audit committee.

Read the Council report here

Port Shorts to stream on 10 Play

CHANNEL 10 will stream short films from the Port Douglas Film Festival this summer.

Douglas Shire Council will contribute $9000 to help the event organisers present it on a digital platform and secure advertising space.

The project is a joint-initiative between DSC, Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD) and Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ).

Both tourism bodies will be advertising the region for the three-month duration of the digital run on 10 play.

Read the full Council report here

Council staff on hand through Christmas shutdown

A TEAM of skeleton staff will maintain essential services during the annual Christmas close down period.

Council voted to close its offices from COB on Thursday 24 December 2020 to start of business Monday 4 January 2021.

This closure period will give staff ten days’ leave inclusive of weekends and public holidays.

During this period, a roster of skeleton staff, including on call staff, will be available to respond to any issues that require immediate attention.

Council sponsors Mossman State High School Awards 

DOUGLAS Shire Council are now gold sponsors of the annual Mossman State High School Awards Presentation.

Mossman State High School holds an annual Awards Presentation to acknowledge and celebrate students’ academic, cultural and sporting achievements; as well as outstanding leadership and citizenship.

Council will contribute $500 to the awards to be held on Wednesday 18 November 2020.

Dates set for 2021 Council Meetings

ORDINARY Council Meetings will continue to be held on the last Tuesday of every month next year.

Covid-19 restrictions remain in place until further notice, with further improvements to live streaming scheduled for later this year.

The meeting dates are available here: https://douglas.qld.gov.au/council-meetings/