I AM a full time councillor.
I have immersed myself in the community and participate actively in so many community organisations I believe, more than any other candidate, I understand what we need, what we want and most importantly what we can afford.
Your council is now in a good place financially but caution must be exercised or we may well spiral into unmanageable debt again. A new council does not mean a new unlimited credit card.
By obtaining relevant qualifications, I have the knowledge, skills and experience to serve the region in going forward.
There are two major drivers for our economy: Almost everything feeds off tourism and construction. Both drive jobs and with an unemployment figure in excess of 10% and the underlying underemployment perhaps up around 30–40% we must grow. There have been no significant large scale developments except for the Port of Airlie. Love it or loath it POA brought with it prosperity to all sectors of the economy. Without responsible and sustainable growth we will be left behind. No growth, no future.
I’ve done the hard yards and would now like the opportunity to see numerous projects progressed for the benefit and enjoyment of all: The greening of the Airlie foreshore including the lagoon car park as soon as alternate off street parking is provided. Improvements to our sports facilities, kerb side recycling, eliminating single use plastic bags, the list goes on.
My commitment is that I will always have your best interests at heart. I will make the hard decisions when necessary. My consistent and informed voting record speaks for itself.