Top job needs ‘new approach'
THE race to become the next Isaac Regional Council mayor has heated up in recent weeks with reports two candidates plan to contest the current mayorship.
Division 2 councillor Ann Crawford and Division 4 councillor Anne Baker have this week announced they plan to run for the top job at the next local government elections on March 31.
From a six-pillared platform, Cr Crawford unveiled her strategy which focuses on future development and sustainability of the region.
"We have a council that has struggled to establish a vision for the future of Isaac," Cr Crawford said.
"I just feel we need to take a different approach and focus on delivering community values for the ratepayers of the region and ensure the region is supported for what it brings to Queensland."
A Crawford-led council, she said, would be creative in maximising council efficiencies and "establish new and better ways of doing things".
"Isaac's coastline is a top priority, the sound management of the core elements of family, affordability and beneficial growth will deliver success and value while preserving what we value most about our coast," she said.
Mayor Cedric Marshall welcomed the challenge, and said his focus would remain on the core issues scattered throughout the Isaac region.
"I will continue to focus on housing and affordability, as well as the roadworks across the region," Cr Marshall said.
"I believe councillors have to get back to the basics of roads, rates and rubbish."
Cr Baker is to publicly announce her political platform next week, but the focus would be on delivering equitable essential services throughout the Isaac region.