Mayor calls for resurrected Sunshine Coast First alliance
ONE vision, one agenda.
As Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson congratulated the region's newest MPs he called for a revival of the disbanded Sunshine Coast First alliance and for all tiers of government to work together.
Cr Jamieson tried to pull the Sunshine Coast team together in his first term as Mayor in 2012 with state and federal members but that it fell apart.
In a press conference at Sunshine Coast Airport on Sunday Cr Jamieson congratulated Ted O'Brien and Andrew Wallace on their election as the new members for Fairfax and Fisher respectively.
He said he was looking forward to working closely with them.
Cr Jamieson, who had strained relations with the former member for Fisher Mal Brough over his lack of support for the council's solar farm project, suggested reconvening the Sunshine Coast First collaboration.
"The beauty of Sunshine Coast first is that we all share the same constituents and we all buy into the same agenda," Cr Jamieson said.
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"I would love to see the Sunshine Coast First alliance resurrected and that is a commitment for the elected members on the Sunshine Coast to work together, to have one agenda around the key issues on the Sunshine Coast so that we all work compatibly to deliver a stable and consistent outcome.
"It will save time and duplicity if we can simply work together to deliver on critical infrastructure.
"This region can give itself a competitive edge by being collaborative rather than at odds with one another.
"Both Andrew and Ted understand what it is the Sunshine Coast requires they are on-side with council's agenda of economic development."
The newly elected Andrew Wallace was today cleaning up in the election aftermath collecting his campaign core flutes from around his electorate.
He said that when he woke up the results had not yet sunk in.
"I'm relieved, excited and can't really believe it, he said.
"I am so grateful to the people of Fisher who voted for me and I will not let them down."
"I am hopeful of retaining majority government and I am looking forward to being a member of a Turnbull-led government."
"Come Monday I will be working alongside my dedicated campaign team, packing up and cleaning our campaign office so that we can vacate the premises."
Meanwhile at Ted O'Brien's place, the new member for Fairfax said he felt honoured and humbled that the people of Fairfax had chosen him to represent them and that his job would start immediately.
"I'll be on the phone to Greg Hunt the Environment Minister on Monday to push for the environment impact statement to be approved federally for the upgrade of the airport." he said.
"We have 1.3 billion committed to the Bruce Highway and we need to push that forward."
"The work that needs to be done will take a lot of work and a lot of collaboration."