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.markyore.com.au 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.