• A vote for a better future
    MICHAEL KERR for Mayor 2020 A vote for a better future
  • The Candidate For The People
    MICHAEL KERR for Mayor 2020 The Candidate For The People
  • The choice for transparency
    MICHAEL KERR for Mayor 2020 The choice for transparency
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A little bit about me

The noblest art is that of making others happy
― P.T. Barnum

My Connection to the Shire

A Councillor with the Douglas Shire Council since 2016, and having lived with my husband in the region since 2002, I immensely enjoy my work on council and broader involvement in our fantastic local community. Currently President of the Douglas Theatre Arts Group Inc., Homeless Animal Society and Boarding Kennels Inc. and Douglas Animal Welfare Group Inc., I also am a Director of Connected Communities FNQ, Bendigo Bank’s charity arm, which has donated back over one million dollars to charities throughout our region. I am a member of The Port Douglas Community Service Network, Port Douglas District Combined Clubs Inc., Mossman Botanical Gardens Inc. and the Cairns Animal Welfare Group Inc. 

My Vision

Collaborating with both the resident and business communities to grow a successful Douglas with transparency, cohesion and financial viability for all who reside within it.


Our roads, water infrastructure, bridges, gardens, street lighting and parks are just some aspects of Shire infrastructure that desperately require capital investment. If we are to remain a top tourism destination and a highly desirable place to reside and invest in, we need a reliable and feasible infrastructure action plan, which is why I have been formulating a Road Network Plan and Beautification and Usage of Parks and Gardens Strategy to lead the way in improving our local infrastructure.

Commerce and the Economy

Douglas needs more than a basic Economic Strategy. We need a Sustainable Recovery, Development and Economic Growth Plan to help guide our Shire towards a brighter future. As a Council, we must deliver projects that enhance the Shire’s economic growth in existing areas, such as tourism, yet also encourage new industries to our region. This will ensure greater confidence in investment, leading to job creation and security, commercial success and residential growth


Some may try and make this election predominantly about climate change. As a small green regional shire council, we need to be concise in our approach to dealing with this issue. We must always deal in facts, adopting a common-sense approach by strengthening our economy, which in turn allows us to participate in a range of environmental projects. The best path forward is for council to be transparent and build consensus via community consultation in devising a realistic Climate Change and Carbon Policy Strategy Plan while continuing to protect the environment through sensible planning, education and initiatives.


Our shire hosts a volatile and ever-changing agricultural sector, lead by sugar. While agriculture sits in the top 10 employment sectors of our local economy, council must assist in improving, developing and educating the sector in best practice and effective operating costs so we can retain, diversify and grow agricultural output from the Shire. While our Sugar Mill remains the economic heart of Mossman, both it and other agricultural and aquaculture businesses will remain an essential element of Douglas returning to being a highly diversified, successful economic region.


Douglas is not just a place for tourism and agriculture – it’s a place where all kinds of families live. And while the word “family” may mean different things to different people, we have generations of locals who have the very fair expectation that Council exists to help make their lives the best they can be. At times, assistance from their elected representatives might be required, from a range of social services to affordable living for the elderly or disadvantaged to public transport that will assist residents in accessing employment, medical needs, shopping or social activities. Council should always have you, the resident, as a priority by planning, scoping, advocating and providing whatever is within its power to make lives better for all who live in the Shire.


Council can be a driving force in facilitating a safe, diverse and social range of activities to promote growth, awareness, health and wellbeing in our community. From sports to the arts to outdoor activities, via projects such as the Port Douglas Sports Complex and Mossman Showgrounds master plans, council can help our region thrive through the increased availability of facilities that enrich and encourage people to create friendships, form communities and develop lifelong memories and relationships.

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living

– Gail Sheehy

Your Support Will Help!

They say that every vote counts. Believe me, it’s so very true. If you feel you could be in a better position than what you currently are, help bring about real change and show you want a new direction by voting on Council Election Day. 

Vote on 28 March 2020, and have your say in the direction our Shire will take in the new decade and beyond.

And don’t forget – voting is compulsory!

Some Background

Since moving to the shire nearly 20 years ago, I’ve always held a keen interest in the direction the region is taking. Although I intended running for council earlier than my first run in 2014, I was persuaded to hold off when the shire was amalgamated with Cairns.

Following de-amalgamation, I ran in the 2013 election and was in that attempt unsuccessful, but undeterred successfully ran in the 2016 election and remain a councillor as we head into the 2020 election.

A key plank and core promise of my run for mayor is bringing more transparency and openness to council.

As part of this, I want to dispel any myths, gossip and outright lies that have been spread about me and what I stand for.

Myths, Lies & Gossip

The art of management is managing change

– A Wise Fishing Buddy

Some of My Achievements

My abilities

I am community-driven and have extensive experience in managing people, businesses and the many processes of local government.

I believe I have the following to continue to offer.

I am a person of deep conviction with a local reputation as being committed to working selflessly for others. If voted mayor, this tireless work will continue across many other sectors of the community through my commitment to making Douglas a better place to live, work and invest in.

Serving 98%
Committed 97%

“Nothing was ever achieved, by someone doing nothing”.

To achieve your goals, you need to put yourself out there and work hard towards what you want, even if it’s only in small bites at a time. I believe I’ve shown the community that I’m willing to do what it takes to get a task completed, no matter how long it might take or how hard the fight. I will take this attitude with me if elected as mayor, always fighting for what I believe in and the good of the community.

Determination 98%
Conviction 96%

In a shire with such diversity, all voices must be heard. Just because something isn’t an issue or problem for one person, doesn’t mean it’s not for somebody else. Being honest, open-minded and by dealing with facts rather than emotions or preconceived ideas is how I come to conclusions, taking this open attitude with me when dealing with people on a daily basis.

Honesty 97%
Integrity 99%

I pride myself on being approachable and willing to take time to listen, an attitude I’ve held firmly during my time as a councillor to ensure I hear the concerns of local people no matter where in the Shire they’re based. We all live here, we all love living here and we all have different needs and wants, so being inclusive and always listening is crucial to the continued prosperity of the entire shire community.

Willing to Listen 100%
Willing to Act 98%

Life salutes you when you make others happy

– Charlie Chaplin

My Priorities for Douglas

I will work together with local residents and businesses to move Douglas in a new, refreshing direction, while always remaining aware 

of maintaining the unique heritage of our region and the essential essence of what makes it such an amazing place to live, work and visit.

While I understand not everything can be accomplished immediately, the following are priorities I will advocate for once elected.

Public Consultation and Information Provision

Public Consultation…


Continuous Water…


Safe Roads…

Our Local Economy

Economic Recovery…

Douglas Shire Development Plan

Destination Douglas…

Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection…

Parks and Gardens

Usable Spaces…

Planning Scheme

Planning Scheme…


Reigniting Tourism…

Public Transport

Public Transport…

Front Street

Front Street…

Macrossan Street

Macrossan Street…

Crystalbrook Marina

Crystalbrook Marina…

Town Parking

Town Parking…

Water Play

Water Play…

Connecting North of the River

Connecting North…

Mossman Botanic Garden

Mossman Botanic…

Oil Palms on Douglas Road

Oil Palms…

Cultural Awareness

Respecting Culture…

Grant Street

Grant Street…

Coral Bank

Coral Bank…

Mossman Sugar Bio-Mill

Mossman Bio-Mill…

Better Land Use

Land Use…

Housing for an Ageing Population

Aged Care…

Power for the Daintree

Daintree Power…

Mossman Pool and Caravan Park

Mossman Pool…

Wangetti Trail

Wangetti Trail…

Crocodiles Exist

Crocodiles Exist…

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions

– Dalai Lama

Election Campaign

The election date has been called for the Queensland Local Government Elections.

This is your opportunity to choose the direction you wish your shire to go in.

It is up to you, the public, to choose the most suitable candidate with the right goals that will bring positive change to this shire. Don’t be afraid to call candidates and ask them questions about issues that affect you the most. Ask what their perspective is on topics that will alter your daily life.

Don’t be fooled by gossip and lies designed to mislead and divide. Get the facts, make logical decisions and be a part of making Douglas a place to live, enjoy and be proud of.

Port Douglas Meet and Greet

Port Douglas Meet and Greet

CWA HAll Blake St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
29 Feb 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Wonga Beach Meet and Greet

Wonga Beach Meet and Greet

Wonga Beach Park, Marlin Drive, Wonga Beach QLD Australia
01 Mar 2020 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Mossman Meet and Greet

Mossman Meet and Greet

CWA Hall Front St, Mossman QLD 4873, Australia
07 Mar 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Election Day

Election Day

30 Front St, Mossman QLD 4873, Australia
28 Mar 2020 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Nominations for the 2021 Douglas Shire Australia Day Awards have been EXTENDED until Thursday November 26.

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Michael Kerr - Mayor of Douglas Shire

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Get in touch

Please feel free to reach out to me with your views on how Douglas should be moving forward from 2020 or any other concerns you may have.

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success

– Henry Ford

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