Coun­cil by-elec­tion – meet the Di­vi­sion 2 can­di­dates

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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