Jan Clifford

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Jan Clifford.

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