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No Big Heads or Bullies need apply!

Election fatigue is setting in for all of us and it is almost over...  We have done our best to get as much info as possible on all the candidates putting their hand up yelling “Pick Me” on the 28th of April, but we are missing some, so if you know the missing candidates, please give them a nudge and tell them to send their info in to us.  

Obviously there are always a number of high profile candidates that get a lot of media attention, BUT, just because someone has a high profile, does not necessarily make them the best person for the job, though does show they know how to get media attention?   You would have ‘heard’ of the 'Chk chk boom' girl or ‘Party Boy’ Corey, but you sure as hell are not going to put a tick against their name on a ballot paper?

Same with ‘experience’, that has been bandied around a lot too.  Well, we actually have a handsomely paid CEO at Council that is supposed to have the experience to make sure that Council Services and the staff in charge of them do their jobs, so working previously in Council is not really the biggest issue and does not necessarily make you best for the job.  As anyone who has had to handle the big job in a sporting organisation or community group knows, the skills to get everyone working together for a common goal, listening to all views, mediating, caring, is a very hard skill to define, YET, when found, is invaluable.

That is what we need in our council, ‘listeners’, people who will ensure that Council moves & works in the best direction of the community.  Candidates who want to listen to us (not bully us), and ensure that we continue to receive the services we need, (hint – not everything should be a ‘profit centre’ – like our invaluable libraries & the services they give the community).  

Candidates should also be impartial.  There are a lot of interest groups here on the Coast, most do a very good job of lobbying Council to ensure that their particular interest is not forgotten.   What is actually forgotten sometimes is the average ‘joe’ who is too busy working away in a depressed economy trying to make sure they can pay for the kids next school excursion?  So I urge candidates to actually get out there and also talk to ‘real’ people in the community, as they are the vast majority and you are supposed to be their voice and reflect their needs & attitudes (even if they are different to yours).

My last piece of advice to fellow coasters is to make sure we don’t have any BULLIES in Council.  Council is supposed to be more of a co-operative, not a dictatorship.  Particularly when it comes to Mayor, who is the most public face on the Sunshine Coast, make sure you elect a Mayor that actually reflects our community and WANTS to help build our community, not someone who is using Local Government as a stepping stone to higher political office as their primary aim.  Council should be grass roots and community focussed with people who want to work for the best for the community.  Leave the ‘spin’ and ‘PR manipulation’ to the big boys and their political parties in State & Federal Government.

So while you are sitting back munching away on your Easter Eggs, relaxing on the public holidays, read for yourselves what candidates stand for (hell, toss them an email & ask a few questions or attend a ‘meet the candidates’ forum) as Council really does set the ‘tone’ for our backyard, so please make your vote count!

Have a great Easter and DON’T feel guilty about those Easter Eggs, life is for living, once a year will not hurt you :)
The MSC Editors Desk 

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Publish Date: 03 Apr 12

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  1. I think I know who you are referring to with the bully comment, she has quite a reputaion and I agree should not be representative when she can't deal politley with others.
    Lorraine of Maroochydore
    7 of 75th April 2012, 10.22am
  2. Hi, Most interesting comments to which I agree as my family have stayed at my brother's Jims home in Coolum on holidays, we have had great times and have always looked forward in going for a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne.

    You all live in a great part of Australia,and it should be kept as such.
    A great holiday place, not like the gold coast, and a great place to have a home. to bring up a family.
    We were going to come up to stay and retire but my boys have their family's here so, well I think you would know the rest.
    I have heard from my brother that the councils want to change things to like what its like at the gold coast, WELL that would be the biggest mistake and I believe disaster for the coast, but I dare say that because of the ILLEGAL amalgamation of the Shires into the local government council the big developers will get their way,Just like what they though they would have been able to have done, with the Traveston dam debacle.
    They thought that now their is only a few council's to deal with WE the State Labor government can do what we LIKE and dictate to the local people and run rough shod over them.
    Boy did they get a clanger.

    I believe that there should be development and industry built on the coast but Please do NOT loose
    the beauty and warmth to which you all have made the sunshine coast to what it is today.
    As my brother has said many times.
    PARADISE to which he has helped to build as through his family excavator business which he closed down because of ill health a few years ago.

    Our father helped a Mr Joe C Bamford to buy his first factory at Rocester to which I did my metal trade.
    He started in a One car garage in Uttoxeter as a small welding and crafts work to earn a few extra pounds to support Meg and their family.
    So we know what industrial development can do to help the local areas with work, BUT just building for the sake of building, IT CAN and WILL destroy places like Coolum, like many places in the world. to which we have traveled, when we have gone back to Alton Staffs where our family live and come from.
    All the best wish's for a happy Easter to you all
    Living in paradise.
    Albert Hopkins Shirley.

    Albert Hopkins Shirley of Melbourne Vic
    6 of 74th April 2012, 12.36am
  3. I totally agree wiith your comments. The Sunshine Coast is a wonderful place to live and needs to stay that way. We need a council with enthusiasm and vision. Its good to see some young people standing for election. They should not be disregarded because of their youth, they are citizens of a modern world and should be commended for having a go. As for old councillors going for re-election touting expreience as a positive attribute I say no thanks. Give the new candidates a go. They will have fire in their bellies but will need to work hard and listen well. They might bring some fresh ideas on sustainability for the Coast and its future. Don't underestimate our young people for they are our future and this plase where we live means a great deal to them.
    Lyn of Marcoola
    5 of 73rd April 2012, 4.08pm
  4. I am glad you started this discussion. Thank you!
    There has to be a system of ratepayers auditing what the Council is doing. We trust them with tens of millions of dollars and they spend it on projects that sometimes hurt the local community more than they help. Our free entrance to the rubbish tip has been dumped and we have to pay high fees. More than going to a musical show with dinner, just to deliver a couple of mattresses to the council which collects high rates . It is becoming feudal the way the bureaucrats behave. The system is slipping and we end up with careerist and long range fat cats sitting on our heads. How do we ensure that honest people with vision candidate themselves? Ratepayers need to get active. "Price of Liberty Is The Constant Vigilance"
    David of Sunrise
    4 of 73rd April 2012, 1.37pm
  5. I have just visited Gallery at No. 10 in Nambour and would like to let you know what a fabulous gallery this is. There are so many wonderful paintings to view. You can just lose yourself in the tropical surroundings of the peaceful garden setting. The great art works provide a pictorial journey around Australia, depicted by some of Australia's well known artists.
    It is well worth a visit and I recommend that everyone puts this fabulous location in their list of places and things to see and do. It is at 10 Bade Street Nambour.
    Steve Murray of Alexandra Headland
    3 of 73rd April 2012, 1.14pm
  6. DOGS [dog owners get serious] Ask your candidate if they are dog friendly! there are a number of existing councillors who wish to restrict further the rights of dog owners, tell them you should be able to have a coffee with your dog at a outdoor cafe. Get Serious!
    Len of Beerwah
    Len Waud of Beerwah
    2 of 73rd April 2012, 12.56pm
  7. Noely,

    I whole heartedly agree with what you are saying. The one thing I have noticed (which you failed to mention) was that at the moment it appears the old "He/she who shouts the loudest must be the right candidate" mentality is creeping into the local polictics as well. The one who can afford the ads in both print and media seems to be the one who most people end up voting for and this isn't necessarily right. Just because some have deep pockets and can afford the big media campaigns doesn't mean they are the best people for the job or the community.
    Kylie of Bli Bli
    1 of 73rd April 2012, 11.26am
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