DECISIONS: Voters will go to the polls on March 19 in the local government elections.
DECISIONS: Voters will go to the polls on March 19 in the local government elections. Brett Wortman

Councillors bid to retain their seats at election

SITTING councillors will recontest their divisions at the March 19 local government elections in all but one of 10 positions available on Sunshine Coast Council.

Mayor Mark Jamieson to date faces a challenge from only one contender, The Greens-endorsed Tony Gibson, who at this stage has Fiona Anderson (Division 3) and Angela Wilson (Division 9) as running mates.

Opponents are still to emerge for sitting councillors in Division One (Rick Baberowski), Division Two (Tim Dwyer), Division Five (Jenny McKay), and Division Six (Christian Dickson).

Division Four has emerged as the most hotly-contested with originally five, now four, candidates declaring their intention to fill the gap left by the retirement of Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson.

Kristian Muir has pulled out of the contest a month before nominations are expected to open around February 16.

The 29-year-old building company manager said he had intended to start shutting his company down slowly to pursue election.

However success in winning a big contract meant his energy couldn't be divided between that responsibility and pursuing a council role.

Muir's campaign Facebook page attracted 100 likes in its first day of operation giving him hope he could be successful in a tough field.

Muir's withdrawal leaves the Division Four field at this stage at four including John Connolly, John Hutchinson, Myles Blackwell and Charles Hodgson.

Division Three has attracted the second biggest field to date with sitting Councillor Peter Cox facing a challenge from Ms Anderson, who contested the seat of Caloundra at the last State Government elections and Steve Barclay, the Department of Environment's principal lawyer at Maroochydore.

Ms Anderson is director of the Sunshine Coast Rainbow Network, and is a committee member for Sunshine Coast Pride.

Her goals are to make the Sunshine Coast a more inclusive community, meaningful community engagement with the council and an end to urban sprawl.

Ted Hungerford is being challenged by the Sunshine Coast Safe Communities' aligned Mike Deans in Division Seven centred on Buderim while in Division Eight, first-term councillor Jason O'Pray has to date one challenger in Adriana Adamska-Bland of Mudjimba.

Division Nine at this stage is also a two-horse race with sitting Councillor Steve Robinson facing off against Ms Wilson who has raised her profile highlighting the environmental destruction caused by the latest stage of the Peregian Springs Ridges development.

Cr Robinson may pay for his lukewarm response to community anger about the proposed Sekisui House development at Yaroomba which the council eventually rejected last year.

And in Division 10 Cr Greg Rogerson has attracted a challenge from Dulong's Mike Strano who wants a better management of the development process to better protect a "diverse, unique and naturally beautiful shire".