Field of 21 lining up for race to new Noosa Council

THE race to be Noosa Council's new mayor and six councillors always had the potential to be a Melbourne Cup-sized field, but at the close of nominations it fell just short.

Noosa on November 9 will have to select from the two declared mayoral candidates - lecturer Dr Patricia Petersen or former mayor Noel Playford - and 19 councillor candidates.

The six most popular candidates in the councillor voting will get to sit on a new Noosa Council from January 1.

Six former Noosa councillors are now formally in the running to get their old jobs back in a new council.

Along with former mayor Mr Playford, they are former mayor Bob Abbot, and past councillors Bob Jarvis (shopkeeper), Peter McGregor (police officer), Frank Pardon (business owner) and Frank Wilkie (teacher).

Serving Sunshine Coast councillor Tony Wellington is also in the running.

Other previously announced candidates for the interim two-year council are scientist Adam Presnell of Tewantin, self-employed Janene Maxwell-Jones (no address available), branding consultant Allan Bonsall of Kin Kin, receptionist Darlene Gower of Sunrise Beach, Ptor Gjestland, retired, of Sunshine Beach, community consultant Sandy Bolton of Cooroibah, electrician Joe Jurisevic of Tewantin, engineer Jess Glasgow of Tewantin, real estate agent Brian Hayes of Noosaville and Gary Trevithick, retired of Noosaville.

The new names to appear in the formal candidate nominations when they closed yesterday were consultant and Noosa Resident and Ratepayers Association president Brian Stockwell of Lake Macdonald, production assistant Paul Lowe of Pomona and civil engineer William Barry, of Cooroibah, who prefers to be called Mike.

This will be a first-past-the-post contest, just like the horse race that will stop the nation on Tuesday, November 5.