EVERYBODY loves our Whitsunday region but there is a lack of trust that council is truly representing the whole region without bias. As the only truly independent candidate, I believe I can heal that rift with complete transparency and a return to community control.
Initiatives like a randomly selected citizens jury to assess and report on major council decisions and a youth council for inclusiveness will help to restore trust in our democracy. Community via council, should hold the controlling interest in a partnership with developers, not developers in partnership with the council telling community what they intend to implement on our behalf.
I have spent three years as community works manager. I have experience in government grant funding applications and acquittals and contract administration. I have a thorough understanding of the broad and diverse range of issues facing local government and I’m a hands-on problem solver for ordinary people in the community.
I have spent the last 15 years self-employed, firstly as a director of a family electrical contracting labour hire company, employing up to eight staff, and the past four years as an independent electrical contractor doing solar design and installation. This breadth of experience provides me with the broad ranging skills required in this leadership role.
We need carefully managed growth for increased jobs, and to ensure tourists and residents alike will continue to love the Whitsundays. This will secure our lifestyles, jobs and Australian owned businesses into the future.