Council by-election – meet the Division 2 candidates
RESIDENTS of Whitsunday Regional Council’s Division 2 will be voting in the byelection of Saturday, May 3, with pre-poll voting already up and running.
Division 2 includes Cannonvale, Preston, Conway, Glen Isla and Breadalbane and parts of Mt Julian, Mt Marlow, Brandy Creek, Cannon Valley, Riordanvale and Woodwark.
Four candidates have put up their hands for the role.
The Whitsunday Times asked each of the four candidates why they thought they were qualified for the role of councillor for Division 2.
Division 2 needs strong representation and Council needs a representative who can hit the ground running, with experience in local government. I am that person and will deliver the required outcomes for the electorate. I have previously served a full term in Council for the old Division 1 of Airlie and Cannonvale. I did not nominate for a second term due to the ill health of my wife, choosing family over public office. I have since been a contract manager of the Shute Harbour Transit Facility but with the improvement in Louisa’s health and the end of the current management contract term, I would like to take the opportunity to once again serve the people of the Whitsundays. I am passionate about the community and have been an active participant in many forms of sports administration, fundraising and community life. During my previous term of Council I chose to work with the shire’s youth and community, as well as working with waste, water and environment. I have a holistic view of the whole shire that will allow me to bring a balanced outlook to the boardroom table. I ask you to “vote Jack back” and let’s work together for our future.
I am a candidate because I care about this community, its residents and ratepayers. I have put 12 years of study into local government and I am the only candidate who has passed the Queensland Government Open Learning Institute’s course for councillors, as I believe preparation and being qualified are essential for achieving the desired results. Whatever it takes to get the best results for residents will be my paramount objective. Fortunately, due to my stable and established businesses in the Whitsundays I can give my time generously, to really be a hands-on Councillor with a commitment to address every issue or concern anyone has, in a timely and efficient manner. I know I can work together with other Councillors with a view to ending hostilities and the ‘them and us’ situation that isn’t doing anyone any good. As a former newspaper editor for many years, my sound administration and financial background, coupled with the ability to negotiate with business, community leaders and individuals will get the expected results. Most of all, I care about our community and all the people who live in our region, but I need your vote to be able to represent you in Council.
I owned and ran a marine business in Darwin for 15 years, managing a turnover of $3million. We were voted Top 10 Australian Mercury dealer several times. We held the NT Enzed Franchise in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. The two businesses employed 30 staff and trained apprentices. When we sold, most employees were still with us. In 1988 I became involved in the stud cattle business, purchasing a Brahman Stud at Preston that we operate. Elected to the board of Australian Brahman Breeders with 1500 members, I served six years as treasurer and three years as president. I had the pleasure of working with 11 councillors from around Australia, plus representing members at World Congress gatherings in South Africa, USA and Brazil. Downsizing nine years ago, I had time for fishing but, having led a busy, active life, I now need another challenge. Recent disclosures of our Council’s financial problems led me to nominate. I offer a new face, a sound business background, no agendas and no affiliation with existing councillors. I believe I can assist in the difficult task to resolve our debt over time and know I can work with all councillors and the mayor to achieve that goal.
I was born and have lived in the Whitsundays all my life. I was a successful businessman and employer in the Whitsundays for 32 years. My business acumen, life experiences and sincere concern for the community saw me stand for mayor in 1994, which I was proud to be elected to do until 2008. I am a family man and with my wife Gloria and two daughters, we have invested our life’s efforts and savings into this region. I’m standing for Division 2 because I live here and have the passion and energy for local government and a desire to support Council on issues within the region. Achievements during my mayoral tenure include: Airlie Beach Lagoon and Loop Road, Airlie Esplanade upgrade, Whitsunday PCYC, Shute Harbour floating pontoons and fishing jetty, and the Bicentennial Boardwalk. My Council demonstrated strong financial management, introduced a fairer rating system and delivered infrastructure while carefully managing debt. My priorities are unity and stability, improved communication from Council, sound Council finances, expanded services, improved facilities for boaties and fishermen and bringing the Whitsundays lifestyle back as a Council priority. I will represent you with experience, honesty, integrity and fairness.