Mark Lu­cas

Coun­cil can­di­date

Pilbara News - - Local Government Elections -

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Li­censed real es­tate agent.

Lo­cal govern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence: Shire of Ex­mouth coun­cil­lor 2007-2009. How long have you lived in Ex­mouth? 18 years. Why did you de­cide to run for coun­cil­lor? I be­lieve that Ex­mouth is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a chal­leng­ing pe­riod of change while also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a pe­riod of great op­por­tu­nity. What have you been in­volved in lo­cally within Ex­mouth? As prin­ci­pal of Ray White Ex­mouth and in­volved in tourism with hol­i­day home man­age­ment, I en­gage with a wide va­ri­ety of lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers and stake­hold­ers. I see on a daily ba­sis the chal­lenges faced by many sec­tors of the com­mu­nity. What do you think the big­gest is­sue fac­ing Ex­mouth to­day is? As with most North West towns, Ex­mouth is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a de­cline in em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and a de­cline in pop­u­la­tion since the end of the min­ing con­struc­tion boom. Cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment and op­por­tu­ni­ties for our youth, along with con­serv­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and lo­cal com­mu­nity cul­ture, are key pri­or­i­ties.

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