OLIVER ENTER MAYORAL RACE
THE failure of Whitsunday Regional Council to properly consult with the community until the eleventh hour on its proposed draft town plan has spurred one long-time resident to action.
Brandy Creek resident Eric Oliver will present himself as a mayoral candidate in the local government elections of March 19.
And Mr Oliver says his intention is to better represent the major stakeholders – the community.
Mr Oliver grew up in the Mackay/Whitsunday region and has lived here most of his life.
A self-employed electrician and solar installer, he is also a passionate advocate for renewable energy and sustainable living.
It’s the sustainability aspect that first caught his eye about the draft town plan, which initially talked about increasing some building heights to eight and 12 storeys in Airlie Beach.
“I realised that the council had been actively engaging with special interest groups long before the residents were properly informed or consulted and the major stakeholders, the community, were ignored until just five days before submissions closed,” he said.
“It was then I decided that this community deserves better. It’s time for a change.”
Mr Oliver believes in a council driven by genuine community consultation.
“My vision for the Whitsunday region is for continued carefully managed growth of inclusive, resilient communities and development of a stable and diverse economy based around long term sustainable industries,” he said.
IN THE RUNNING: Eric Oliver will run for mayor in the local government elections in March.
Photo: Peter Carruthers