Amalgamation was an unmitigated disaster for Port Douglas, and our only remedy to undo its damage was to unseat the safely seated state member.
Merged into the grey blur of Cairns, our rates went up 30 per cent and our services declined by 20 per cent as our local personality was homogonised.
I was Port Douglas’s resisting councillor in the 2008 amalgamation, sparking a seven-year fight to de-amalgamate, where the state projected nothing but financial ruin for the rebuilt Douglas shire.
All the state arguments proved fictitious and self serving. Douglas booms again under independent rule.
When lighthouse communities like Douglas, Byron and Noosa get extinguished, Australia loses its idea generators.
There is only one effective fightback, and that’s to mobilise and attack state MPs at election time. Get ready to fight Byron.
Rod Davis, Port Douglas, Queensland