Community close to hopeful’s heart
BRETT Svendsen is known in the region for his 18 months working for the community as a councillor for the former Livingstone Shire and his four years as chair of Strategic Planning with Rockhampton Regional Council.
Most recently, Mr Svendsen has been working as a support carer for profoundly autistic young men and will now throw his hat in the ring as a councillor for the new Livingstone Shire Council.
Raised in Emu Park and educated at Emu Park and Yeppoon, Mr Svendsen said he knew this community well and would rally to achieve the best for the region.
"My vision for the new council is to see 3.5-4% growth maintained to afford infrastructure requirements while keeping rates in check," Mr Svendsen said.
"We need to ensure environmentally friendly development is made a priority from day one with the new council.
"We also need a council that thinks outside the square, multi-skills and is responsive to, and accepts, ideas from the whole community.
"I believe the community would do well to elect me because of my proven track record with five and a half years in local government.
"I care for and have a firm understanding of Livingstone communities and I understand that council decisions directly affect the quality of our lives every day."
Mr Svendsen said he enjoyed being involved with community groups and had proven himself as someone with empathy who would listen to the community.
"The public paid to train me in the role of strategic planning and development and it would be great to see the community utilise that training for the betterment of the region," he said.