Eric Oliver

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Eric Oliver.

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