After two terms as both a councillor and Mayor of the Douglas Shire, Michael Kerr has announced that he will not be standing for re-election in the upcoming Local Government election. In a statement released today, Councillor Kerr cited personal reasons for his decision to step away from the role of Mayor.
“It has been an incredible honour and privilege to serve as both a councillor and Mayor of the Douglas Shire over the past two terms,” said Mayor Kerr. “I am grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from the community and proud of all that we have accomplished together over what has been a challenging tenure.”
During his time as Mayor, Cr Kerr has also chaired the Far North Queensland Organisation of Councils whilst working alongside community members, local organisations, and government officials to improve infrastructure and public services, support local businesses, promote tourism, and has seen the first surplus budget for Douglas since deamalgamation. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cr Kerr has always remained committed to creating a better Douglas Shire for all.
“I believe that it is the right time for me to move on and pursue other opportunities in my commitment to working for the people of this shire and to continue strengthening this region,” said Cr Kerr. “I wish the next Mayor of the Douglas Shire all the very best and equally hope that they will have elected councillors who will fully support them on their journey as only through a united commitment and a cohesive council will we see the continued growth and success of the Douglas Shire in the years to come.”
Cr Kerr expressed his gratitude to the community for allowing him the privilege of serving as Mayor and has committed to continue to serve the community to the best of his ability until the successor is chosen in the March 2024 election.
The Douglas Shire community will now look to the upcoming election for a new Mayor to lead the region into the future.