LISTENING: Noosa mayoral candidate Clare Stewart meets Tewantin local Nobby Reason.
LISTENING: Noosa mayoral candidate Clare Stewart meets Tewantin local Nobby Reason.

Tewantin first to listen to pitch by would-be mayor

NOOSA'S latest female challenge to Tony Wellington's grip on the shire mayoralty comes with a serious backer in former Noosa MP Bruce 'Davo' Davidson.

Local businesswoman and former practising barrister Clare Stewart has kicked off her tilt at Noosa's highest council office with a listening street tour of Tewantin CBD.

And the 42-year-old mother of three's meet and greet saw Mr Davidson, the former Davo's bait man turned state minister, in tow and very much onside.

Mr Davidson said he was endorsing Ms Stewart because "so many of us are frustrated and disappointed with the relationship with council".

He said the signage reform issue has been a major headache.

"Local residents are complaining about the (wheelie bin) police, the motel police for the short-stays … we seem to be getting police for everything," Mr Davidson said.

"I just think we need a fresh change, council's been sort of led by outside influences for 30 odd years and it's about time there were some independent people in there."

Mr Davidson said Ms Stewart had the benefit of the community at heart, had a good business head and is very keen to listen to local residents.

At the last election Mayor Wellington was run right down to the wire for his win by then councillor and now serving Noosa MP Sandy Bolton

Resident Tasha from Tewantin was all in favour of Mr Stewart standing as the council was "a bit of a boy's club" and a woman in office "might shake them up a bit".

"I think it'll be good (her standing)," she said

Nobby Reason, 89, said Ms Stewart "might be just as good as anyone else" as the next mayor.

Asked of the council needed a bit of a shake up, Mr Reason said: "I suppose it wouldn't hurt 'em".

Ms Stewart said in the coming weeks and months she will be releasing policies for Noosa residents to consider.

"At the moment, my aim is to get out and hear from the locals," she said

"You guys are the voice, so I want to hear what you have to say.

"I'm very invested in the community.

"I talk to a lot of people in the community and there are areas where we can do better.

"The most important thing for me is that we have a council that represents the people and that is for the people, it's accountable and transparent," she said.

Ms Stewart said she would not be running as part of an organised team of candidates, but as a true independent.

She said she has met a number of candidates who are running and "they seem like very nice people".

"I pride myself on being able to get along with all people, so if I was elected and successful, I'm sure I could form very good relationships," Ms Stewart said.