Mark Yore

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

DO WE risk lov­ing the Whit­sun­days to death?

With­out jobs and growth our com­mu­nity will stag­nate and die. With­out proper plan­ning we will de­stroy the rea­sons we moved here. If we get the bal­ance wrong we can’t just hit the re­set switch, so the choices we make now have to be right.

I want to work with our com­mu­nity in Divi­sion 1 to make the right choices.

Be­ing a coun­cil­lor is a full-time job – it’s about avail­abil­ity and be­ing there when peo­ple need you.

I was an ad­viser to for­mer Sen­a­tor Sue Boyce and be­fore that the mar­ket­ing man­ager for Whittaker Macnaught Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning. I learnt how to work with govern­ment and how to read a bal­ance sheet, two qual­i­ties which are es­sen­tial in any coun­cil. Over the years I have worked in my own busi­ness as well as tourism mar­ket­ing with Con­ven­tions Queens­land.

The Whit­sun­day re­gion has so much po­ten­tial but too many peo­ple I speak to are find­ing it hard to get ahead. Coun­cil can and must set an ex­am­ple and make de­ci­sions that build con­fi­dence.

That also means mak­ing coun­cil more open and ac­count­able. It means not just mak­ing sure that coun­cil min­utes and agen­das are on­line but putting the meet­ings on­line as well. It also means us­ing a light touch when it comes to con­fi­den­tial meet­ings.

How can ratepay­ers trust their coun­cil if the coun­cil doesn’t trust them?

I’m putting the ques­tions I’m asked – and my an­swers – on my web­site at www.marky­ so peo­ple know where I stand. My email ad­dress and phone num­ber are also there, if you have any ques­tions. To gen­uinely make a dif­fer­ence I need your sup­port and your vote on March 19.

Mark Yore.

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