An­drew Will­cox

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHEN peo­ple ask why I’m run­ning for mayor, I think of three things.

First my ex­pe­ri­ence in busi­ness, se­cond my pas­sion for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and third my vi­sion for what we can achieve with the right lead­er­ship and plans.

Hav­ing served as deputy mayor for three years, I know that my busi­ness skills and coun­cil ex­pe­ri­ence can com­bine to make a real dif­fer­ence for lo­cal res­i­dents.

As some­one who has cre­ated more than 350 jobs in the re­gion and run a busi­ness that has grown rapidly through hard work and vi­sion, I know what run­ning an or­gan­i­sa­tion the size of Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil is about.

That’s why I will not get my­self un­nec­es­sar­ily caught up in con­flicts, and it’s why I will be able to hit the ground run­ning to get coun­cil work­ing harder for you.

Al­most a decade af­ter coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions many of you are still wait­ing for a mayor who can de­liver for the en­tire re­gion.

If I be­come your mayor, my lead­er­ship will get coun­cil fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing for all res­i­dents, no mat­ter where they live.

I will also bring peo­ple to­gether.

I will work with any­body who wants to do the right thing for our re­gion.

I am not into party pol­i­tics, or grand­stand­ing.

I am into re­sults and that’s what is go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence for you.

Dur­ing the next few weeks I will talk more about my plans.

Th­ese plans are all about lo­cal jobs and op­por­tu­nity.

They are about real projects, real sup­port for tourism and re­ally mak­ing sure the Whit­sun­day re­gion re­mains the best place in Aus­tralia to live.

An­drew Will­cox.

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