Noosa mayor to stand his ground at 2020 local government poll
NOOSA Mayor Tony Wellington has formally announced his intention to run for another term at local government elections due in March next year.
Cr Wellington said he would stand on his record of "unwavering commitment to this community".
"I was at the frontline fighting for Noosa's independence during the long years of amalgamation," he said.
"I even got elected to the Sunshine Coast Council on a platform of de-amalgamating Noosa.
"Since 2014, I have helped rebuild the new Noosa Council.
"Today the council is a responsible local government, winning multiple national awards for its achievements and consistently keeping rates down for its residents.
"So fiscally secure is this council that we recently paid down $10 million of high-interest rate debt inherited from pre-amalgamation days.
"What's more, the current Noosa Council is at the forefront of Queensland councils in its approach to consultation and transparency.
"The Noosa Shire has consistently enjoyed good economic growth in recent years.
"Since 2016, it has even achieved unemployment rates well below the State average.
"I want to see that trajectory continue."
Cr Wellington said his passion for Noosa Shire was beyond dispute, demonstrated also by the books he had published and documentary films he had made of the region.
"And I have been there for Noosa when it counts - not only during the de-amalgamation battle, but more recently during the extraordinary bushfire disasters," he said.
"Having spent the past eight years representing the people of Noosa, first on the Sunshine Coast Council and then the new Noosa Council, my only desire is to continue to serve this wonderful community."
Cr Wellington faces a challenge from 42-year-old mother of three and former practising barrister Clare Stewart who is now a local business woman.
Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson has yet to declare his intentions with his former deputy Chris Thompson having announced he will contest the top job.