Protecting our Precious Natural Environment
So many of us live in the shire because we fell in love with the pure essence of our beautiful, one-of-a-kind region. I don’t believe any of us want to see the essential “nature” of our shire be diminished, or worse, disappear.
It is a central responsibility of council to ensure that the environment we live in is protected and preserved for future generations. We can do this by acting responsibly in our governance as a council and by giving residents the tools to assist them in ensuring our environment is protected for decades, if not centuries, to come.
Our Planning Scheme should be a double-barrelled, positive environmental mechanism, on the one hand ensuring sensitive areas in need of protection are preserved and on the other, allowing the development of residences, businesses and agriculture in a way that minimises harm to the environment.
Let us never forget that as the guardians of the Reef and the Rainforest and the remarkable natural landscape our shire exists on, we can live in harmony with our region by maintaining a balanced and holistic view to development.
My Climate Change Platform outlines further details of a thoroughly community-consulted “Climate Change and Carbon Policy Strategy Plan”, which will be suitable, appropriate and sensible for a small regional tourism council like Douglas.