‘Community panel’ to choose council candidates

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council mayoral candidate Michael McMillan will use a "community pre-selection panel" to choose the best possible running mates to contest the March 2016 election.

Mr McMillan (pictured) said several residents with strong credentials to be high quality councillors - and one current one in Stephen Schwarten - had already approached him, asking to be considered.

While he has already hand-picked three experienced local identities to be on his line-up of councillor candidates, he will use the community pre-selection panel process to ensure the rest of the team were the best possible people available.

"This is about absolute community engagement and quality representation,'' Mr McMillan said.

"The objective behind this process is to make sure we are not missing anyone. I would like to encourage everyone out there who has the desire and passion to represent their community to consider being part of my team.

"There are people out there with amazing credentials we don't yet know of, who have the leadership qualities that the Rockhampton region needs going forward. We all have relevant views and opinions of what the Rockhampton region's future should look like. The time has come to be heard and pro-active in the realisation of this vision, establish a clear plan and work as one toward a prosperous and sustainable future."

Mr McMillan said the "community pre-selection panel" would be made up of experienced and respected Rockhampton region citizens from diverse backgrounds and will not be politically driven.

Mr McMillan's campaign manager and former Rockhampton MP Robert Schwarten said the selection panel approach was an excellent initiative and a unique process in his knowledge of Queensland local government elections.

Mr Schwarten said he would not be part of the panel.

Mr McMillan, who is the owner and manager of the Coffee Club franchise in Stockland Rockhampton, said he would be introducing the first of his councillor candidates in the coming weeks and the members of the selection panel at a later date.

All interested parties are encouraged to submit their expressions of interest and resume to: McMillan4Mayor@gmail.com.

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