Former Noosa and Sunshine Coast mayor Bob Abbot.
Former Noosa and Sunshine Coast mayor Bob Abbot.

Playford is Abbot pick for new Noosa mayor

BOB Abbot has broken a policy he has breached only once previously in a 30-year political career to nominate his preferred candidates in this weekend's Noosa election.

Mr Abbot and Nicklin MP Peter Wellington have both nominated Noel Playford as their preferred mayoral candidate.

Mr Wellington told Parliament last week Mr Playford was the right person to lead the new council.

The MP also supported Tony Wellington, Mr Abbot and Sandy Bolton as councillor candidates.

However, Tony Wellington, the Division 12 Sunshine Coast Council representative, is a conspicuous omission from Mr Abbot's how-to-vote cards.

Mr Abbott was a councillor and mayor of Noosa Council for 26 years before serving as the amalgamated Sunshine Coast Council's first mayor from 2008-12.

He has named Frank Pardon, Ms Bolton, Allan Bonsall, Joe Jurisevic and Gary Trevithick as the candidates he believes have the right mix of skills to help make the new stand-alone Noosa Council a success.

Mr Abbot said he had endorsed a candidate only once previously: Russell Green at the first Sunshine Coast Council election in 2008 because of his town-planning skills.

Mr Abbot said he had realised at pre-poll voting that there was a concerted effort through how-to-vote cards to get a particular group of candidates across the line.

"That had a detrimental effect on my own candidacy,'' he said.

"I went through the full list to understand what was on offer. They include friends and former colleagues.

"I had to put that aside and make a decision on the individual candidates who had the best skill mix for the job over the next two years.''

Mr Abbot said he had worked with Mr Playford over a many years and recognised his ability if elected to weld councillors into a team with common goals.

He said the two-year term the council elected on Saturday would serve would be all about getting the fundamentals right for the council to follow it.

"We can't do that with a divided council," Mr Abbot said.