Race is on for council positions

WITH the next local government election expected to be held on March 31, a number of candidates have announced their intention to contest the Whitsunday Regional Council elections.

Late last year, it was suggested that Anthony Maine may contest the mayor's position. Mr Maine confirmed late yesterday that he would make an announcement on Monday.

Mayor Mike Brunker has still not confirmed if he will be standing again and there are several rumours about new jobs he may be considering. He said he would make an announcement at a press conference on January 23.

Current Division 3 councillor Jennifer Whitney announced early last year that she would be standing for the mayor's position.

Now, several other people have confirmed they will be standing as councillors in the various divisions.

Whitsunday Regional Council is split into six divisions and already there will be more than one candidate in at least three of those divisions.

In Division 1, Airlie's councillor Jan Clifford has said she would like another four years to resolve "unfinished business".

Business woman Kelli Medford has come forward announcing her intention to fight for the common good of Airlie Beach by also standing for Division 1.

Cr Rogin Taylor, who currently represents Division 2, said he would be running again having enjoyed the experience of "sometimes having made a difference". Cr Taylor's division will be contested by Alan Dufty, whose 28 years of experience in local government includes a previous short stint on council, and community worker Carol Van der Gaag who also seeks the opportunity to be an agent of change.

Four candidates have put up their hands for Division 3 since Jennifer Whitney announced she would be standing down as a councillor to run for the role of mayor. Kerry Roulston, John 'Sarge' Collins, Jeff Boyle and Alan Pershouse all believe they have what it takes to steer Proserpine and the Whitsundays through the next four years.


On page 4 today, there is a brief insight into the potential candidates so far for Divisions 1, 2 and 3.

They were each asked why they were standing for council and what they saw as the main issues.

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