Mayor meets action star Van Damme before stoush with State Government


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Hollywood legend and action icon Jen Claude Van Damme poses for a photo with Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu in Brisbane. IMAGE: Supplied.

DOUGLAS Shire Mayor Julia Leu may add a touch of Hollywood to tomorrow’s Council meeting – the final sitting for 2016 - should she mention her chance encounter on Friday with actor Jean Claude Van Damme.

The Kickboxer star, like Leu, was in Brisbane last week meeting with government officials. It's believed Leu even discussed the option of shooting his next movie in the Far North, but not before grabbing a quick ‘selfie’ with the action hero, which she was happy to share with Newsport.

Meanwhile, the on-going saga to secure a suitable venue for Paws and Claws will be a key item in the open session.

And one suspects the Mayor will provide an update of her meeting in Brisbane with State Government officials to better understand why the Department of Natural Resources and Mines rejected a council application to purchase land at Yule Point.

The government’s view is that there are other state-owned land options. However, after conducting its due diligence, council viewed the land at Yule Point as an appropriate location.

“For a considerable period of time, Paws and Claws, in conjunction with Council, have been examining sites appropriately situated within the Shire to determine a new location for their operations.

“A parcel of land, Lot 84 SP204459, situated at Yule Point, for which Council is trustee, was identified as a potential site. This site was deemed to be ideal to house the Paws and Claws facility as:


  1. This parcel of land has an area of 4.8Ha and is located approximately 5.3 kilometres south of Craiglie;
  2. This proposed location would result in the Paws and Claws facility being approximately 1.2 kilometres from the nearest residential dwelling
  3. The site and surrounding land parcels are well vegetated; and
  4. An unformed all-weather road allows access to all parts of the site.”

And finally, item 11 on the agenda – Report from the chief executive officer - go Douglas! 2016 –offers little more than “Late Item” in the agenda papers. What surprises are in store for the Shire? Perhaps the Reef Marina project is to get the go ahead. The perfect Christmas gift!

The first meeting of 2017 will be on January 24.

Tuesday’s Council agenda:

  • MCUC Tavern at Shop 13, 53-61 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas
  • Execute Part C proposed road closure part Cape Tribulation Rd Cow Bay
  • Proposed permanent road closure off Bonnie Doon Rd, Killalo
  • Proposed applications for permanent road closures over parts of unnamed road reserve adjoining lot 1 on sp243347, Captain Cook Highway Wangetti (Turtle Cove Beach Resort)
  • Paws and Claws - Yule Point
  • Reef guardian council action plan 2016-17
  • Disaster management report
  • Financial report for the period ended 30 November 2016
  • Final management report from Queensland audit office
  • Report from the chief executive officer for the period September to November 2016 • Report from the chief executive officer - go Douglas! 2016

Closed session agenda:

  1. Prejudicial matter s275 (1) (h) local government regulation 2012 - Australia Day awards 2017
  2. Prejudicial matter s275 (1) (h) local government regulation 2012 - council grants programs
  3. Prejudicial matter s275 (1) (h) local government regulation 2012 - application to lease an area described as lot e in lot 2 on sp262339
  4. Prejudicial matter s275 (1) (h) local government regulations 2012 - Port Douglas Marina precinct strategy 

For more information visit the Douglas Shire Council website.